Mental Health In School

Mental Health In School

School can be pretty overwhelming and sometimes, our kids get worried. In the past, discussing mental health was still taboo, and people would have told you to just toughen up and that’s it. Nowadays, mental stability is extensively discussed in many areas, so why are schools still lagging behind? Students face mental health challenges too. While not everyone suffers from diagnosed mental health conditions, we all have moments where we’re not in top form and our mental health concerns need to be addressed.

Mental Health And Our Body

Our brain and body are connected by much more than our neck, and there is much more to our brain than just anatomy.

Mental illness is not something that students make up, so it’s not something you can just ‘get over’, as some people say. Mental illness expresses itself in physical ways, through nausea, headaches and even shortness of breath. So since mental health affects us all, shouldn’t we come with a solution that is available to all of us?

Outcomes Of Failed Mental Health Awareness.

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Mental Well being

There is an increasing number of suicides among students, especially teenagers. There has been some form of a mental health crisis in almost every educational institution, irrespective of whether it is in a big city or in the countryside. This happens everywhere, and no one is spared.

Mental Health Leave.

Mental health should be prioritized in schools; just as students are allowed to take a day off whenever they are physically in pain, they should be allowed to take a day off when they are mentally unwell.

This specific day off will make a difference. In 2019, Oregon’s law permitted students to take mental health days off from school in the same way they can take sick days, and students are now permitted to take up to five excused absences in three months.

This law has permitted students who were feeling mentally low to come forward and have a conversation with their parents or teachers about how they were feeling. Mental health days off will allow schools to track how often students do not attend school because of their mental state. This record will afterward allow schools to know if a student needs a follow-up with the counselor.

This may seem insignificant, but these records will all students to get support before it’s too late. When someone has a mental issue, especially for a teenager, stepping forward and getting help is the hardest part.

Mental Health In School.

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Mental Health Problems

Introducing mental health in schools will teach kids how to practice self-care and health management as well as save their lives. I think that in every state, or even everywhere around the globe, schools should have laws regarding mental health. Not laws that are meant to punish but laws that will show people that they are not alone.

Physical and mental health should be treated the same as they are equal. In fact, both are connected but mental health is not given the platform it deserves. For example, if someone has a cardiac arrest, a lot of people around would know how to practice CPR, but if someone has a panic attack, we do not know how to react.

Students must be trained about how to manage mental health and how to respond to a mental health crisis. We should have resources in schools where everyone would know how to respond to someone having a panic attack or any mental breakdowns.

Teachers, tutors and everyone working within the education system should make it clear to their students that ‘it is okay, not to be okay, and that it is acceptable if they take a little break. It does not need to be a whole day; it can be a short walk for some minutes.

Students are feeling exhausted, particularly in this time of pandemic where the education system is now upturned. It is our priority to help our teenagers and kids. Let us know in the comments what you think of mental health education in schools…