mental health day


Definition of mental health day

: a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress or renew vitality

Examples of mental health day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That caused me to have a ton of anxiety, and so sometimes, throughout high school, my parents would let me a day off -- a mental health day. David Williams, CNN, "A new Oregon law will let students take 'mental health days'," 22 July 2019 Oregon has passed a bill that allows five mental health days a year. James Call, USA TODAY, "Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school," 19 Oct. 2019 The other bill directly involving schools would make mental health days excused absences. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado school safety committee formed after STEM shooting produces 5 bills, but avoids controversy," 31 Oct. 2019 Skip to main content Public school students would be allowed to cite the need for a mental health day as an excuse to miss school, under a bill filed in the Florida Legislature for the 2020 session. James Call, USA TODAY, "Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school," 19 Oct. 2019 Along with fellow students Sam Adamson, Lori Riddle and Derek Evans, Hardcastle worked with two pro-bono lobbyists to draft language for the mental health days bill, as KGW reported. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "This Teen Activist Wants To See Schools In Every State Offer Mental Health Days," 8 Aug. 2019 But Sophie took to Twitter yesterday to retweet a story about teen activists helping to get a law passed to help students get mental health days. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shows Support for a News Story About Giving Students Mental Health Days," 25 July 2019 Despite little public opposition from lawmakers, Hardcastle said she's received pushback from some parents who say the legislation wasn't necessary, as students can already take mental health days by lying or pretending to be sick. NBC News, "New bill allows Oregon students to take 'mental health days'," 21 July 2019 Hyland Software is another local company with policies that unofficially support mental health wellness and mental health days. Susan Glaser,, "Mental health day off? Company culture is changing: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of mental health day

1971, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Mental health day.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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