Playing hooky from school can be a good thing

Richard Badenhausen, Westminster Honors College dean, tells the Salt Lake Tribune why a Utah bill to allow mental health days for students should be approved:

“It’s because of this national crisis (mental health) that our Honors College introduced programming which teaches students mindfulness practices and puts them in touch with mental health campus resources. Recognizing this need in our community, Westminster’s new strategic plan contains integrated wellness as one of its three pillars, a comprehensive and far-reaching initiative that will help all students be ready to learn and flourish as healthy individuals. One of the hardest things for an adolescent to do is ask for help, which is why Rep. Winder’s bill is so important: it assists students in taking that first step.”

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