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A New Law Allowing High School Students To Take Mental Health Days Is A-Plus For Progress

Because mental health is just as important as physical health.

I can struggle through the flu at work but, if I’m having a day where my emotions are out of whack, works is the last place I want to be. It’s hard to focus on anything when your head and heart are screaming at you to give them some love. 

We’ve all been there – we’ve all had days where our mental health has taken a dip (for whatever reason) and feel like we need to close the blinds, get in bed and shut out the world for a little bit. 

As an adult who can make their own adult decisions, taking a mental health day is an easy enough thing to do. You don’t need to explain yourself. But as a high school student, you’re held much more accountable. Every day off needs to be backed up with a medical certificate and a parent signature in your school diary. 

Basically, if you can’t prove you’re sick you’re in big trouble for ditching school. So mental health days are a no go. 

Until now. 

A new law has just passed in Oregon, in the USA, which allows students to take five mental health days every three months. If the students miss a test, so be it. They will be granted permission to make them up another day. 

Not only does this take away any stress or guilt student may be feeling for taking non-sick sick days off school, but it’s an important step in the right direction. 

Suicide rates are at an all time high and, according to the World Health Organisation, mental health issues will be the leading cause of death among young people by 2020. The new law works to combat this growing crises by providing struggling students with an ‘out’ if they’re having a rough time. And, let’s be real, high school can be a pretty rough place. 

Daria keeping it real. Source: Giphy

The law also helps breakdown the stigma around mental health – looking after yourself is a good thing to do. 

“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,” Hailey Hardcastle, a recent high school graduate and one of the activists who helped lobby for the new law, told TODAY.

The law is the first of its kind in the United States. It highlights that mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated as such. 

A+ for progress. 

A++ if Australia can also make this a thing. 

If you or someone you love struggles with mental health, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636.

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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