DeSantis, the mother of two young children, issued a statement on the new school requirement, calling it a "proactive" move, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“We know that 50% of all mental illness cases begin by age 14, so we are being proactive in our commitment to provide our kids with the necessary tools to see them through their successes and challenges,” DeSantis said.
“Providing mental health instruction is another important step forward in supporting our families,” she said.
The new curriculum will include classes on suicide prevention, cyberbullying and substance abuse, Florida Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Sentinel.
It’s unclear when the new mental health curriculum will be implemented.