Breaking the Stigma: Why Schools Must Prioritize Mental Health Support for Teens

Schools need to prioritize and enhance support for students’ mental health

In Ohio, schools require students to watch a Sandy Hook “See Something, Say Something” video every semester to address concerning social media posts and students who pose a threat to themselves or others. However, these videos do not offer guidance for those silently struggling with mental health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42% of students feel persistently sad or hopeless and nearly 29% of adults have experienced poor mental health. This can have an impact on a student’s behavior and well-being.

If schools truly care about their students’ mental and physical health, they should take steps to improve the support and resources available to them. One potential solution is starting school at a later time. Research has shown that many teens do not get enough sleep, especially as they get older and face challenges such as sports, jobs, and heavy homework loads. Starting school later in the morning can help students get more rest and improve their overall mental health.

It is crucial that schools prioritize the mental health of all students in the school setting. Aubrianna Spears, a student in Jackson Township, emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, including those who may be silently struggling with mental health issues.

In conclusion, it is time for schools to recognize the importance of addressing mental health issues among teens between ages 12 and 18. By focusing on improving support and resources available to students, schools can create a more inclusive environment where all students feel valued and supported.

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