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Improve the mental health and well-being of Oregon students

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Students for a Healthy Oregon Oregon high school students advocating for the mental health and well-being of all Oregon students. Improve the mental health and well-being of Oregon students Students for a Healthy Oregon is a coalition of Oregon high school students that have come together to improve the mental health and well-being of students. Across the state students, teachers and families are struggling to identify and adequately address mental health needs in a timely and effective manner. Our 2019 legislative priorities begin to address this need. Students for a Healthy Oregon is lead by: Equalize physical and mental health (HB 2191) Background: Oregon Law allows individual schools to determine which absences, other than illness or family emergency, should be excused. Some schools do not recognize mental illness as an excused absence – requiring the student, or their parent, to either claim they have a cold or not be able to make-up tests and homework. By not explicitly recognizing mental health as an excused absence we are adding further stigma to a common and treatable condition. Solution: For an absence to be excused Oregon Law should recognize both physical and mental illness. Finlay Bates, Forest Grove High School Elia Whyte, Grants Pass High School Shawna Ashley Ingram, Hillsboro High School Cassie Kool, Hillsboro High School Lori Riddle, Hillsboro High School Harrison Welch, Hillsboro High School Conner Barnett, Jesuit High School Tristan Weimer, La Grande High School RoseLynn Davis, McMinnville High School Colin Salewski, McMinnville High School Junet Lugo, Milwaukie High School Grant Didway, Oregon City High School Taylor Hayes, Oregon City High School Leah Kemeny, Oregon City High School Kamilah McKenzie, Oregon Connections Academy J.J. Riddell, Redmond High School Chloee Nelson, Reynolds High School Derek Evans, Sandy High School Mya Carpenter, Scappoose High School Samantha Irwin, Scappoose High School Shayna Redpath, Scappoose High School Sam Adamson, Sherwood High School Hailey Hardcastle, Sherwood High School Hannah Karp, Sherwood High School Leina McLaughlin, Sherwood High School Maryanna Mejia, Sherwood High School Keren Weisenborn, Southridge High School Logan Holler, Summit High School Matthew Brown, Tualatin High School Teddy Fronczak, Tualatin High School Bailey Langley, Tualatin High School Lupita Ruiz, Tualatin High School

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