School and Mental Health

By Destiny Hicks, writer

Destiny Hicks, writer

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Did you know that one in five children suffer from a mental illness? These children also spend a lot of time in school because, well, they’re kids! Unfortunately, school is no help when it comes to these problems. There are guidance counselors, but are they really enough for the kids? Schools should focus more on mental health by having a required class on it in high school.

You may be asking, “What about psychology and health? Those go over mental health,” but there are faults in both of those classes. Everyone may be required to take health, but it doesn’t go in-depth about each illness. They spend about a week or two on mental health overall, and everyone isn’t required to take psychology. Having a required class on different types of mental issues, the signs, and how to seek help would help kids tremendously.

School is a great place to educate young minds on mental illnesses! Kids spend a lot of time in school, around 6-7 hours a day, five times a week. By educating them on this topic they would be able to identify if they have a mental illness, or even if someone else has one, and they could seek help.

Why don’t kids just go to a counselor? Some kids don’t even realize they have a mental illness, because they don’t know the signs or anything about the illness for that matter. If they don’t know about it, how could they know to get help for it? 75 to 80 percent of the affected children don’t get the help they need because they don’t know they have it or don’t know how to ask for help. So even though there’s a counselor, IT doesn’t mean that the kids can easily be fixed by their presence.

Having a required class on mental health could help the child overall. It would teach them of important things, help them get help, and with this help-make it easier for them in the long run.

 

Resources:

webmd.com

pbs.org

natashatracy.con

 

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