I can get behind this new law:
Students across Illinois will be able to take up to five excused mental health days starting in January.
Under a bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month, students who decide to take a mental health day will not be required to provide their school with a doctor’s note and will be able to make up any work that was missed on their day off.
The thing I want to support with this is not students being lazy or getting a free pass for skipping school, but just the simple fact that someone, somewhere, is normalizing the idea that sometimes, we just need a freaking break. That taking a breath for our own mental health is perfectly acceptable.
That I support, 100%. We need more of that, for students and adults. We need to accept that we all just need a break, that there are things in our lives that are more important than work and school, and that our own mental health is absolutely one of them.