Excused 'Mental Health Days' Could Be Good For Arizona Students

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 12:21pm
Updated: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 12:24pm

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Amber Gould and Dean Aslinia
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Amber Gould and Dean Aslinia in KJZZ studios.

Pressure seems to be increasing in the lives of students — whether it’s the process of growing up, social media, bullying or trying to figure out what the future might look like.

Two states — Utah and Oregon — have passed laws giving students the opportunity to relieve some of that pressure by taking “mental health days” off.

The Oregon law allows up to five excused absences over the course of three months.

To learn more about the idea — and whether it could make sense in Arizona — The Show spoke with Amber Gould, a high school teacher in Glendale, and Dean Aslinia, president-elect of the Arizona Counselors Association.

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