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.
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;