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Mental Health in Schools: Who is Responsible?

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Mental Health in Schools: Who is Responsible?

Freshman Crystal Haidery has her hands on her head, showing her stress from school.

Freshman Crystal Haidery has her hands on her head, showing her stress from school.

Freshman Crystal Haidery has her hands on her head, showing her stress from school.

Freshman Crystal Haidery has her hands on her head, showing her stress from school.

Sophie Capra, Staff Writer

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The purpose of public education is to produce well-rounded, educated persons in order to add to the betterment of society.

Public schools teach students how to apply mathematical formulas and to analyze text; however, they fall short on educating youth on how to manage stress and how to recognize the warning signs of mental disorders. Tools like these are necessary for any functioning adult, let alone minors.  

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past June shows the U.S. suicide rate rose by a quarter between 1999 and 2016.

Now more than ever, the importance of strong, comprehensible, and available mental health resources for students is undeniable.

But is our education system currently doing enough?

Virginia just became one of two states to enact laws that require mental health education in 9th to 10th grade.

Some say that this in itself is the most a school system can do in regards to mental health is care for its students. This, however, is not the case.

While undoubtedly a stride in the right direction, teachings students symptoms of disorders is only one part of the puzzle. There is a large disconnect in communication within the school walls.

Our public school system needs to focus more on outreach, actually letting students know what is being done to help them get through their school year. It is unacceptable that schools are becoming complacent in their position.

As society evolves and changes, it is part of the public school system’s responsibility to evolve with it. Schools need to do more, because students deserve more.

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