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Hailey Hardcastle    

Mental Health Advocate

In 2019, Hailey Hardcastle and her team passed a law in Oregon that allows students to take a mental health day off from school, the same way one would a sick day. Now, she's working to expand the law to other states and bring more comprehensive mental health resources to classrooms.

Hardcastle got her start in student council as a statewide leader in Oregon. She now recruits other young leaders to create and lobby for policies regarding academics. Her mission: help students take control of their education and health by having a voice in the lawmaking process.

She currently studies at the University of Oregon and volunteers for the Oregon School Based Health Alliance as a policy advisor and board member.


Teen Activists Lead An Effort In Excusing 'Mental Health Days' In ...

(From left) Sam Adamson, Lori Riddle, Hailey Hardcastle, and Derek Evans pose at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The teens suggested legislation to allow ...

Oregon passes law letting students take mental health days

Sam Adamson, Lori Riddle, Hailey Hardcastle and Derek Evans pose at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. The teens introduced legislation to allow ...

A new Oregon law will let students take 'mental health days' - CNN

Hailey Hardcastle, one of the student advocates, said mental health problems could be just as dangerous as physical ailments and should get the same ...

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