Florida students can take mental health day under proposed ‘Sunshine Bill’

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A new Florida bill would encourage colleges and other higher institutions to recognize an annual day for students to focus on their mental and physical health, according to the Florida Senate.

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Bill S 1812, dubbed “Sunshine Day,” was introduced on Wednesday and emphasizes the impact of mental and physical health problems in every aspect of society.

College students are referred to as a “vulnerable population” in the bill, given their increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, and distress. It also recognizes the stress and overwhelming nature of navigating college and the pressure for success.

The bill also notes the impacts of COVID-19 and its lingering effects on students and the “observes rates of anxiety and depression increasing for this population.”

“Sunshine Day” would set aside a day for students to reflect on their well-being and engage in mental health-related campus activities that focus on improving their success and quality of life.

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