The 21st Show

Student Mental Health Days

School buses in Springfield, Illinois

School buses in Springfield, Illinois AP Photo/Seth Perlman

This year, Governor J.B Pritzker signed a new bill that will allow students to take off up to five mental health days from school starting in January. The mental health bill aims to address the stresses of the pandemic, remote learning, and social isolation in K-12 students. To talk about it, we were joined by a regional director for the Illinois School Psychologists Association, an elementary school social worker, and a licensed clinical social worker.


Jyoti Kolodziej, Ph.D., NCSP

Licensed School Psychologist | Regional Director for Region 2 of the Illinois School Psychologists Association

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago | Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Author of “Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention”

Yolande Cooke 

Social Worker, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Urbana



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