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    Thank you for your comment! I do think that showing students what resources are available would be helpful. This way, they would have a better idea, if nothing else, of what they can do when they’re ready to talk. I don’t think it will necessarily prompt a lot of students to suddenly get help just because they know, but at least…Read More

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    Mental health is no joke and is becoming a very common problem for struggling teens. One website states that, “Suicide is the third leading cause of death in students aged 10–24, with 90 percent of those dyi

    Mental Health in Schools

    Mental health is no joke and is becoming a very common problem for struggling teens. One website states that, “Suicide is the third leading cause of death in students aged 10–24, with 90 percent of those dying by suicide...

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    • Hello Kira,
      Your article was very well written, especially of a current and relevant issue still occurring today. Mental health is a serious thing and if we don’t address it, then who will? It’s a very hard topic to open up about as it’s a struggle that we deal it with in daily life between school, keeping up with our grades, making time to hang out with family and friends, managing a paid job, and a number of extracurricular activities. Mental health days can be a good thing as the student will return to school mentally stronger and healthier. But, I also feel that those who don’t have mental health issues may take advantage of it just to skip school because they don’t feel like going. Here is an article I found regarding more information about your topic: https://www.verywellmind.com/when-and-how-to-take-a-mental-health-day-3144754

    • Hello Kira,
      Your article was very well put. Sometimes it is very difficult for people to come out and talk about this stuff and I think your article could make a lot of people take a second and think. Mental health has become such a huge issue in teens and a lot of people just look right past it. We do need to take this seriously and look for it in other people and in ourselves and get help if needed. I think that what Oregon is doing is a step in the right direction, but we still need to do more. I am very glad I got the chance to read your writing.
      Sincerely,
      Sophie

    • Hello Riley,

      Thank you for your comment! I do think that showing students what resources are available would be helpful. This way, they would have a better idea, if nothing else, of what they can do when they’re ready to talk. I don’t think it will necessarily prompt a lot of students to suddenly get help just because they know, but at least they would have the information.

      As for your second question, I do think that it would be good to pass the Oregon law in other states. Personally, I have been extremely stressed and anxious due to homework and projects, and having the opportunity to take a day to myself to recuperate and recharge my batteries would not only help my health, but also my productivity. I know I can’t say the same for other people, but again, having the option would be very beneficial.

      -Kira

    • Hi Kira,
      Your essay you wrote about mental health in schools really resonated with me. You brought up great points such as how we need to realize that this isn’t just a fact but a necessary thing that needs to be changed and dealt with immediately so kids are able to get the proper education without feeling like everything is going wrong. Here’s an article I found related to this topic http://neatoday.org/2018/09/13/mental-health-in-schools/

    • Hi Kira,
      I really enjoyed your article because it is a very relevant and highly discussed topic in today’s society. With so many people suffering with mental illness, I agree that the topic needs to be addressed more as well as stay in today’s conversation. You gave many good points and stated facts that further develop your overall article. I found another source that relates to your topic: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services
      Sincerely,
      Madi

    • You make many good points in this post. I think the Oregon bill is a very good idea; it would help many people I know. I think it good you also covered possible solutions, because many people only discuss the issue but not any solutions. You might find this article helpful if you want to write more on this topic: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services .

    • Wow Kira great article. I love Oregon’s idea. I’m sure it was taken well by students and it sounds like teacher and parents must support it as well. It is great to hear that mental illnesses are increasingly addresses as if it were a broken bone because depression is a verified illness that effects millions. I also was surprised to hear the classes are taking a few minutes of class time to discusses their own mental health. At my school was hang lots of posters urging students to get help if need be. We have even implemented a minute of mindfulness each morning during class. Thank you for writing on this issue.

    • I completely agree that mental health is one of the biggest problems facing youth in schools. I like the statements you made and how you backed them up with statistics and facts.

    • Hello,
      I think you would enjoy reading this article.https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools
      I completely agree that schools need to work on this because it is a huge deal. I think technology has a lot to do with this. People become alone and feel depressed. We need to find ways to help students so the levels of suicide come down. Children are stressed with helping up with everything and it is overwhelming.

    • Kira,
      This is an excellent and well written post. Mental health has become apart of many peoples lives and is something that needs to be addressed. I found it shocking when you talked about those who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression have increased in numbers from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in recent years, and I’m sure the number will continue to rise. Many of my fellow students suffer from anxiety and depression, all from varying factors. Schools do put lots of pressures on students so it might be interesting to research the most common causes of poor mental health in the United States. I agree with the law that was passed in Oregon; I know myself and other students take mental health days just the same as we would when we are sick. I think it’s important for students, especially in todays competitive world, to decompress and take a break from the stressors of the world. I think it’s important to talk about mental health with family and trusted adults. The world needs to break the stigma around mental health, because it is normal. If you want to find more about that stigma, I would recommend reading this article https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-illness-and-stigma-2337677. I really enjoyed your post and hope to see more of your work soon! Great job.

    • Hi Kira,

      Thank you for opening up this discussion, I think mental health is huge issue among young adults right now. More than ever we are pressured by education and other responsibilities. I think Oregon is beginning something that is the future. We all know that it is a big issue but it seems like this is the first thing being done about it.

      I read a page which I linked below that has a lot of statistics about the sheer amount of diagnosed mental conditions among different age grounds. It is really astounding how little schools are acting after looking at these numbers.

      Thank you, Lola

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

    • Hi Kira, I really enjoyed your article. This is an issue that is becoming more common, especially with our generation. I think it is an issue we need to raise awareness about. Many people understand the struggle but are unwilling to discuss. I think you did a great job and are helping people open up with conversation. I think this article may help you in understanding the different illnesses and diseases teens may have. http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/

    • Hey Kira, I enjoyed reading your post about mental health. I feel like it is a very prominent subject that needs to be taken seriously. Many people that I personally know struggle with mental health, after reading this post I have learned more things about it. I found this article that relates to your post check it out, https://www.tqee.org/blog/childrens-mental-health-1-concern-of-teachers/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog_posts&utm_content=childrens_mental_health&utm_term=kids%20mental%20health&gclid=Cj0KCQiAvJXxBRCeARIsAMSkApqCfPZkgZLGwiAXfZSjTtLpfY5JxWfqHiZmfxXWM0QkE0LOITC41pMaAqVfEALw_wcB
      -Luke

    • Dear Kira,
      I am very touched with your writing about current and relevant events occurring today. I like that you state facts within the article, not just opinions. One sentence that stood out to me was “Oregon has recently passed a law allowing students to take a maximum of 5 mental health days. As of June 2019, mental health is now considered a valid reason for an excused absence, like appointments or being sick.” I think this is important because it allows students to feel as though their mental health is just as important. I look forward to reading your next article because of the real-life issues that are being discussed.
      Kayla Castillo

    • Hi Kira! I found your post very interesting. I am passionate about psychology and also interested in how different the psychology is of high school students compared to other ages. I agree that along with other things, school is a major stressor in our lives. I did not know that mental health is now considered a valid excuse to be absent as of June 2019, however I am pretty surprised that this change has been made so recently. I would think that this should have been done a long time ago. I live in Utah, which has the highest rate of teen suicide in the US. Although school is still a major factor, many people connect this high rate to our large culture of mormonism. The Mormon church is notorious for not accepting the LGBTQ+ community, and many people claim this greatly contributes to the high teen suicide rate, what do you think about this? I have done some research on this topic, here is a link to an article that could help: https://www.sltrib.com/news/health/2018/04/07/utah-needs-a-better-strategy-to-prevent-suicide-a-researcher-is-about-to-spend-years-talking-with-grieving-families-to-design-it/
      Thanks for writing, your work has helped me think more deeply about mental health in teens, I am excited to research more about it!

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