State law addresses mental and emotional health.
Colorado Academic Standard: Comprehensive Health
2. Physical and Personal Wellness (Shared Standard) Includes physical activity, healthy eating, and sexual health and teaches lifelong habits and patterns for a fit, healthy, and optimal childhood and adulthood; examines society, media, family, and peer influence on wellness choices; practices decision-making and communication skills for personal responsibility for wellness; and identifies the consequences of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and early sexual activity. Includes health promotion and disease prevention, and teaches responsibility and skills for personal health habits as well as behavior and disease prevention; sets personal goals for optimal health; examines common chronic and infectious diseases and causes; and recognizes the physical, mental, and social dimensions of personal health.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-25-103. Definitions.
(3) “Comprehensive health education” means a planned, sequential health program of learning experiences in preschool, kindergarten, and grades one through twelve that must include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- (a) Communicable diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) related illness;
- (b) Community and environmental health;
- (c) Consumer health;
- (d) Dental health;
- (e) Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use;
- (f) Human growth and development;
- (g) Hereditary and developmental conditions;
- (h) Mental and emotional health;
- (i) Nutrition, personal health, and physical fitness;
- (j) Family life education;
- (k) Injury prevention, safety, motor vehicle safety, and emergency care;
- (l) High-risk behaviors and concerns;
- (m) Age-appropriate instruction on family roles and expectations, child development, and parenting; and
- (n) If not included in other curriculum or programs provided to students, age-appropriate information concerning sections 18-6-401(9) and 19-3-304.5, or any successor laws, referred to generally as “safe haven laws”, relating to the safe abandonment of a child to a firefighter at a fire station, or to a staff member at a hospital or a community clinic emergency center, within the first seventy-two hours of the child's life.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-7-1005. Preschool through elementary and secondary education - aligned Standard - adoption - revisions.
(2.3) On or before July 1, 2020, the state board shall adopt Standard that identify the knowledge and skills that an elementary through secondary education student should acquire related to mental health, including suicide prevention. When the state board is adopting Standard, the state board shall take into account what local education providers are currently teaching with regard to mental health.