After long battle, mental health will be part of New York’s school curriculum

As a health teacher for the Shenendehowa school district, Dustin Verga sees firsthand the pressures today’s youth are under. They’ve grown up in an era of over-testing, jam-packed schedules, high expectations to get into a top college, and dual lives – one in the real world and one online, where the pressure to curate a picture-perfect life and rack up “likes” is ever-present. That’s why the introduction of mental health literacy in New York schools this coming fall is such a big deal, Verga said.