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

Silently Struggling: The Urgent Need for Schools to Prioritize Mental Health Over Social Media and Threat Assessments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 42% of students feel persistently sad or hopeless, while nearly 29% of students and adults have experienced poor mental health. Despite this, schools often prioritize addressing harmful social media posts and students who may pose a threat to themselves or others over those silently struggling with mental health issues.

In Ohio, students are required to watch a Sandy Hook “See Something, Say Something” video every semester to learn how to address concerning posts online. However, these videos do not provide guidance for students who are silently struggling with mental health. It is crucial for schools to take steps to improve the support and resources available to students who are dealing with mental health issues.

One potential solution is starting school at a later time. Research shows that a significant percentage of teens do not get enough sleep as they get older and have heavy homework loads, sports, and jobs. By starting school later in the morning, students can get more rest and improve their overall mental well-being.

Aubrianna Spears from Jackson Township emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the mental health of all students in the school setting. By focusing on the needs of all students, including those who are struggling silently with mental health issues, schools can create a more supportive and inclusive environment for their students.

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