Governor signs Carson bill to promote mental health education in Maine

Posted: May 17, 2019 | Senator Carson

AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a bill from Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, that would promote mental health education in Maine schools. LD 1024, “An Act To Destigmatize Mental Illness through Health Instruction That Emphasizes the Relationship between Physical and Mental Health in Schools,” received the governor’s approval on Tuesday.

“Mental illness is a widespread problem in Maine that affects so many people, including children,” said Sen. Carson. “By making sure our young people are learning about mental health in the context of their overall wellbeing, we can help turn the tide.”

LD 1024 would require health education curriculum in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools to include lessons in mental health and the relationship between physical and mental health.

“Teaching students from an early age about the interconnectedness of physical and mental health will enhance their overall wellbeing and will help to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Pender Makin, Maine Commissioner of Education.

LD 1024 will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.