The author of this article informs that teacher lack knowledge about mental health and reveals ways to support students dealing with mental health. For example, Amanda Aiken played a role to strengthen a positive environment to stigmatize the problems that come with mental illnesses by having every child shake at least two hands before coming inside the building. “It starts with support for everyone and moves on to more and more specialized help.” Anderson enhances the way teachers should deal with mental health.
Problems associated with mental illness are very common in the institutions of learning, especially high schools. This article reveals the catastrophe of mental illness that is statistically shown to affect children and teens. Anderson and Cardoza describe mental illness as a “silent epidemic” indicating that children who need mental health services and don’t get them, do go to schools in which they can tie into “major problems” found in schools. The authors suggest that because many children struggle with issues and teachers are uneducated with issues such as depression and anxiety, schools should play the role in identifying students with problems. Increases in recognition mental health problems and the effect it may have on one, can offer access to support and an expansion to mental health interventions in schools.
The cartoon is really trying to take a lot of the blame placed on the schools, teachers, and administrators and transfer it the the NRA. They believe that the NRA is the source of all the problems because they refuse to stop selling rifles to the public and instead want to sell more and more. This is shown by an exaggerated “NRA plan for school security” where all members of the school staff are holding rifles and school itself has seemed to become a military camp of some sort.
In the recent situation in Florida school administrators did what they could to prevent the events that happened. “Cruz was transferred to Cross Creek School, a K-12 program with intensive programming for kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities.” Administrators did their job in sending a kid with obvious mental health issues to a school specialized to get those kids help. The real problem lies higher up with the people who decide whether these mentally ill students are now fit to return back to their normal school which Nickolas Cruz was, even though he clearly was not ready and was still mentally ill. Administrators at the district level and people higher up who assess the kids need to work together in unison to help the problem and truly help the kids get the help they need.
Depression and anxiety is on the rise for teens. The reason depression and anxiety is on the rise for teens is because the teens believe they have to prove themselves to their parents. By getting good grades, not getting in trouble, being a good kid, and making their parents proud. With all of this for teens it can put a bunch of pressure on them and that will turn to terrible things to try and get “relief”. By getting “relief” for the teenagers it means cutting themselves. They believe this will solve their problems but really it creates new ones. Most of the children that cut themselves keep it from their parents they do not wanna see the worrisome on their parents face even if they are supportive. Some of the children that suffer from depression and anxiety don’t express with their parents what is going on in their life; they believe the parents will not help them. Depression and anxiety will always be a mani or issue for teenagers by what all is going on in their life and they are worried about their future. Teenagers need to be able to open up to their parents or other people they trust.
In chapter 1 of the book, “How Schools Can Support Students with Mental Illness” by Elizabeth Jean Jones explains that mental illness is not a new issue to the United States. She implies that the teachers, counselors, and students should be able to identify and teach coping skills to the students in need of help. She also adds, how school systems should implement programs like wellness programs and address the individuals that are in need of help. Also in chapter 1, Jones explains of people are more kind and nicer to other people it will limit the suicide and unhealthy behaviors and actions. A next thing she adds is strengthening communication between schools counselors, teachers, and parents will be able to help the children that are in need of help.
It is not recent information that is pushing for a change in the mental health concerns that need to be addressed at schools. Clearly, teachers did not go to college and get their education to be evaluating the mental health of adolescents yet, we are adding emphasis on the mental health of the students. The pressing concern for enhancing mental health throughout schools is not an easy task to ask people to do. Several schools have implemented school support programs and taken other initiatives but, we are nowhere near the understanding we need to be.
In every classroom in every school in every district in the country, at least one student is mentally ill. That’s reality.
Contributors to the article from "The Hill" state alternatives/options to improve mental health policy in schools rather than just ranting about how corrupt school's mental health policies are.
By knowing how to properly navigate through problems at school and to how mental health disorders really affect children you earn more understanding in how to prevent "outbreaks" such as school shootings. Improper discipline leads to further exclusion from classmates apart from their disability.
Many schools have one thing in common their goal is to educate; when asked to address mental health issues majority of schools will decline or address "rather specific and narrow problems (e.g., bullying, substance abuse, obesity, specific diagnosed pathology)". Schools and their administrators do not know how to properly address mental health because that is not their area of expertise but, addressing mental illness to the best of their ability will propose fewer problems experienced by the school such as dropouts, the achievement gap, racial, ethnic, and disability.