Sophie Turner Praises Move To Give Students Mental Health Days In School

By David Konow 07/30/19

Turner recently shared a story about a group of high schoolers who helped pass a state law to allow mental health days in school.

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Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones is an outspoken advocate for mental health, and she’s one of many celebrities who has come forward in the public eye about her personal mental health struggles.

Turner recently took a break from social media after marrying Joe Jonas, but logged on to share a story about teen advocates pushing for mental health days in schools, and how their efforts have passed a new law in Oregon.

New Law

A group of four Oregon high schoolers helped pass a law that will allow students to take mental health days when needed. (When Turner retweeted the story, she topped it off with high-five emojis.)

One of the advocates, Hailey Hardcastle, told Today, “I took on this cause for a personal reason first off because so many of my close friends in high school struggled with depression, and there were times when I saw them at school when they really shouldn’t have been there, would have been much better for them to take a day off.”

This new law will take effect this fall. Students will be allowed to take five mental health days every three months as needed.

This is a clearly a major milestone for mental health treatment. Hardcastle continued, “We were inspired by Parkland in the sense that it showed us that young people can totally change the political conversation. Just like those movements, this bill is something completely coming from the youth.”

Lately more attention is being given to the mental health needs of Americans. As a recent report revealed, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34 in the U.S.

Turner recently appeared on Dr. Phil (Turner is a big fan of the TV therapist) and revealed that she is living with depression, and that it sometimes robs her of any motivation to get out of the house or do anything.

She also recently talked about the importance of self-care to Marie Claire Australia. “Everyone needs a therapist… I think it’s necessary to have someone to talk to, and to help you through that.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.