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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9 Comments
  1. RFreed 3 weeks ago

    Audry
    I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the issue your post has been very helpful and insightful and really shows that you have some good firsthand experience with this topic, I have recently been looking into this issue in my high school and have found that with supporting those with mental health isn’t as easy as it seems even though there are resources available they aren’t readily advertised or sought after by students. From what I can see those who have issues with mental health troubles such as depression and anxiety due to school stress also have troubles at home at in another facet of their life’s that can prevent them from having a true escape from the stresses of school. What I don’t understand and what I want to know is how is it possible for us to further make available and create resources for students in high school with issues with mental illness to properly get them the help and support they need.

  2. Alexander 1 month ago

    AUDREY!

    The points that are made in this article a very valid. Everybody can agree that school and family, among other things can be stressful. I really like that you support teachers really working to help students with that stress in a goal to help those susceptible to mental health issues. The point you make about how, “it’s important that schools can offer help so students will know where to go if they do want help.” is something all schools should take into consideration. All schools obviously strive to provide a good environment, but they should really make it a priority to create a safe environment in which students feel comfortable and are willing to seek help if needed. This article, https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services speaks on how it is important to provide help to students. I am interested to hear more on your thoughts regarding school and the mental health of students. I will definitely be reading future posts from you.

    -Alex

  3. Carter 1 month ago

    hello Audrey,

    I enjoyed your article and is something that I completely agree with. I found this link that I thought might be interesting for you to see!

    https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services

    -Carter

  4. Cassie 1 month ago

    Hello Audrey,
    I agree with what you wrote and think it’s important to spread the awareness of what school can do to someones mental health. With more and more people bringing up the problems that are caused and problems that come from mental health we are able to help more people get the care and help they need to live a better life.
    I found this article (https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools) that supports what you have said in your essay.

  5. Lola 1 month ago

    Hello again Audrey,

    I really apologize for not including a link! This below is a link to statistics on mental illness in adolescents. I think its really showing of the amount of mental illnesses that the youth face.

    https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html

    Thanks again, Lola

  6. Nini 1 month ago

    Hello Audrey,

    I really like what you wrote, and I think we should really pay attention on student’s Mental health. But there’s still a lot of people doesn’t understand how important it is. I think the most important things is to give mental support, it’s should be the best way for school to solve this problem. Hope that every students can have a healthy and happy school life.

    Sincerely,
    Nini

  7. Paula 1 month ago

    Hello Audrey,

    I really like what you wrote. It seems like something society should really pay more attention to. I found this source, (https://www.abc4.com/news/local-utah-state-news/how-well-is-mental-health-in-our-state-new-report-said-utah-ranks-last-in-us/). this source talks about mental illness in Utah precisely, and I thought you’d be interested.

    Sincerely,
    Paula

  8. Gracie 1 month ago

    Hello Audrey,
    This was a very interesting perspective to look at when it comes to the ever pressing issue of Mental health. I was extremely engaging. I found this article (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/health/oregon-mental-health-days.html )where it explains how in Utah they now recognize “Mental Health days” as excused absences meaning they are registering these disabilities as actual sicknesses that require breaks and rest.

    Sincerely,
    Gracie

  9. Lola 1 month ago

    Hello Audrey,

    I really like what you wrote and I think its a really important discussion to have. Schools should not only be responsible for our intellectual growth but schools should be held responsible to support us in ways that grow our mental health as well which I think is being poorly done right now.

    With more studies being held and the conversation of adolescent mental illness becoming more common, it would be really irresponsible for schools to push it aside.

    Sincerely, Lola

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