Some Central Florida schools have unveiled a plan to include five hours of mental health lessons in January or February 2020.

Florida students grades 6 through 12 will now be required to complete up to five hours of mental health lessons as a part of a new initiative that some schools are rolling out.


The topics will range from suicide prevention to substance abuse. The aim is to lessen the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues as well as to educate students and provide learning opportunities for families.


“This is just the beginning,” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s no secret that mental illness robs students of the ability to reach their full potential, and we are joining forces to combat this disease and give our students the tools they need to thrive.”


The initiative was approved by the State Board of Education in mid-July following the mass shooting that took place at Parkland high school in 2018.


Schools participating in the program will use a combination of videos and computer-based instruction to deliver the lessons as well as classroom discussions.


Although teachers will receive training there will also be school counselors available on campuses as well.


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