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Are mental health days coming to schools in New York State?

Mental health related problems, such as stress and anxiety, are on the rise.

“Mental health issues are something that strike one in five people,” said Eve Shippens, a mother and teacher at East High School in Buffalo.

According to mental health experts, this is being found particularly with children.

Shippens, being a mom and a teacher, sees it firsthand.

“It does happen to our kids, and certainly our kids in Buffalo, who have a lot of trauma they bring into school being a high poverty district,” she explained.

These growing numbers are part of the push for the legislation.

New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman recently introduced a bill that would allow all New York students to miss school for “mental or behavioral health.”

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