Breaking the Stigma: How Schools Can Support Mental Health and Well-Being

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

In Ohio, schools are required to watch a Sandy Hook “See Something, Say Something” video every semester to address concerning posts online. However, these videos fail to provide guidance for students who silently struggle with mental health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 42% of students feel persistently sad or hopeless and nearly 29% of students and adults have experienced poor mental health. This can impact 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 students. One potential way to enhance the well-being of students is by starting school at a later time. Research shows 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. Starting school later in the morning can help students to get more rest and improve their mental health overall.

Schools should 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. By focusing on the needs of all students, including those who are struggling silently with mental health issues, schools can create a more positive and supportive environment for their students.

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