Educating the Unseen: Addressing Mental Health in US Teenagers through innovative solutions and inclusive environments.

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

In the United States, it is estimated that one in five teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 struggle with mental health issues. Despite this, schools often prioritize addressing harmful social media posts and students who pose a threat to themselves or others over those silently battling mental health issues. This is particularly concerning when you consider that more than 42% of students feel persistently sad or hopeless and nearly 29% of adults have experienced poor mental health.

To address this issue, some schools are turning to innovative solutions such as starting school later in the morning. Research has shown that a significant percentage of teens do not get enough sleep, especially as they get older and are dealing with sports, jobs, and heavy homework loads. By starting school later in the morning, students can get more rest and improve their overall well-being.

In Ohio, for example, 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 issues. It is up to schools to take steps to improve the support and resources available to all students, including those who may be struggling silently with mental health issues.

Aubrianna Spears, a student in Jackson Township, emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the mental health of all students in the school setting. By creating a more supportive and inclusive environment for all students, schools can help ensure that their students have access to the resources they need to thrive both academically and mentally.

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