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.”