Outline of the state of Texas

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Mental and Emotional Health—MS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Mental and Emotional Health—MS

State law addresses mental and emotional health.

Texas Administrative Code. 115.23. Health Education Grades 7-8.

(b) Knowledge and skills.

  • (1) Health information. The student comprehends ways to enhance and maintain personal health throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
  • (A) analyze the interrelationships of physical, mental, and social health;
  • (B) identify and describe types of eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, or overeating;
  • (C) identify and describe lifetime strategies for prevention and early identification of disorders such as depression and anxiety that may lead to long-term disability;
  • (D) describe the life cycle of human beings including birth, dying, and death;
  • (E) identify and describe the three categories of prescription drugs and types of illegal drugs; and
  • (F) examine the relationship between prescription drugs and illegal drugs.
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Texas Education Code Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM

(a)Each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 shall offer, as a required curriculum:

(2)an enrichment curriculum that includes:

  • (A)to the extent possible, languages other than English;

  • (B)health, with emphasis on:

  • (i)physical health, including the importance of proper nutrition and exercise; and

  • (ii)mental health, including instruction about mental health conditions, substance abuse, skills to manage emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making; and

  • (iii)suicide prevention, including recognizing suicide-related risk factors and warning signs;

  • (C)physical education;

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