Free therapy provided for high school students

Free therapy provided for high school students

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Did you know that 62% of high school students have experienced depression in 2017? Only about 21% of male students have experienced depression vs 41% of female students have experienced depression in high school. Depression is a mental health condition that causes a person to have low mood and may leave them feeling persistently sad or hopeless. Depression is dangerous because it can lead to suicide, hurting yourself, trouble falling asleep, harming others, and a higher risk of getting a heart attack. Reasons why people have depression are family history, personality, serious medical illness, and drug and alcohol use. This is important to let others know what depression can do to other people and how it can affect them and their surroundings. Therapy can leave a bigger impact on people if they provided free therapy for the school.

One of the policies is having therapy in schools to help students with their mental health problems. Many students have difficulties with their mental health issues and by having therapy in schools, it could help students out. The school system and the community is involved in this policy for students. In the article called, “School-based mental health services: What can the partnership look like” states that Academic personnel, who are already faced with limited time and resources, experience the effects of routinely working with children who have externalizing and internalizing behaviors of varying frequency and intensity and who may have diagnoses such as oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorder, depression and posttraumatic stress.” This quote basically explains that students that usually go to therapy is because of their mental emotions and depression. Many students hit these mental problems as soon when they get to school and don’t have anyone to talk to about their mental state problems and by having therapy, it could help improve their health. Advantages of having therapy is feeling like you belong, you’re not alone, and gain perspective. Disadvantages of having therapy is lack of confidentiality, scheduling conflict, and need to be high functioning.

 

 


The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 was created to give more resources to people who struggle with mental illnesses and make those resources more accommodating. The Mental Health Reform Act stated how it “Ensures that mental health programs are effectively serving those with mental illness: The bill will improve coordination between federal agencies and departments that provide grants and services for individuals with mental illness, and will improve accountability and evaluations of mental health programs.”  More people could now afford to go get help with their struggles. The committee of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was a croup who helped make this policy happen because they supported this, passed it, and passed other laws that also supported mental health services. One demographic that wasn’t really touched on was students. This policy could be changed a bit to include special resources just for students to seek help


    In closing, therapy will have many benefits and boosts of improvement on mental health  if incorporated for free on school campuses. This policy will be convenient for students to balance their physical and mental health while still receiving and education. Students would no longer have to pay for a professional beneficial therapy session  to strengthen their mental health. This policy is giving students who struggle with mental health an equal and fair opportunity to get the help they deserve. This policy can reduce the feelings of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts with the step of providing free therapy in schools.

 

 

 

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