Mental health disorders are becoming more and more prevalent. They have always been a problem but more people are coming forth and saying they are being affected by them. There are so many ways that these affect people’s behavior, mood, and thoughts. Mental illnesses vary differently. We could be feeling good one day and bad the next. Symptoms are hard to deal with when they are irregular. There are many factors that can cause mental disorders and anyone can experience them. WGU says that “the average age of early signs of mental illness is 14, most individuals don’t seek help until adulthood” (Barile). For young people, a big factor is school.
At school, students are pressured a lot by teachers, peers, and families. We are constantly being pushed to either get better grades, better test scores, make friends, or prepare for college. There never seems like a time when we aren’t being told to do better or to get ready for the next chapter in our lives. Because of school, students face depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other mental illnesses. ACMH says, “Nationally, only 40 percent of students with emotional, behavioral, and mental health disorders graduate from high school and, over 50 percent of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities ages 14 and older, dropout of high school.” Students get overwhelmed but many schools don’t offer ways to help their students.
School causes a lot of stress for students but it could also help students be happier and healthier. NPR explains, “Experts say schools could play a role in identifying students with problems and helping them succeed. Yet it’s a role many schools are not prepared for.” School faculties aim to help their students in any way but they usually have too much on their plates. Not all students feel comfortable talking about their issues but teachers could plan ahead by recognizing the big events students may have, like college application deadlines, school trips, holidays, or other class projects/tests, so they can create less stressful weeks for them. Schools could let students take breaks during the day if they are dealing with something or having a bad day and teachers could also allow students to redo their work so they could stress less about their grades. Since many kids don’t receive the help they need, it’s important that schools can offer help so students will know where to go if they do want help.
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