Have Psychology Professionals on High School Campus'

Have Psychology Professionals on High School Campus'

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Kayelise Wade started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

I would like to petition that each high school in the state must mandate a certified psychological counselor be on campus full-time, if this isn’t achievable at least part-time. We mandate academic counselors, but I believe that mental health and academics go hand-in-hand in adolescent years Here are some facts to prove my reasoning for this letter: Suicide is the number one leading cause of death for ages 15-24 in the state of Utah as of 2019 (according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). Utah is the number 5 leading state in the United States for suicide (according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).

Throughout the course of high school, I witnessed very many suicides and suicide attempts. I was 17 years old when I had to talk my best friend out of suicide, when my attempt to do so failed I called the police and got them to his home as soon as I could. I had just graduated high school when I attended the funeral of a childhood friend who shot himself in the head.

From a young age we are taught things about how smoking and drugs are bad for us, we have the red ribbon weeks, and open conversations about it. We talk about alcohol and how we should never drink and drive, there are billboards all over our highways. There are full on courses that go into safe driving. But suicide? It’s taboo it’s rare that the conversation of “it’s okay that you’re going through this, there are people who are certified to help you, let’s get you the proper help” is brought up. I think in my entire 4 years of high school I heard those words once in high school health.

Furthermore, I believe that there should be further education on the signs of mental illness, ie; depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts. I think we should take more than a unit in health. I believe that with the right education the rates would drop dramatically. If students knew how they can help their fellow students and when they should speak up and know when their peers’ life is at risk, it would do a lot of help. The signs are all around students but they really don’t understand them due to a lack in education. The student with slipping grades can very well be a child who is depressed or thinking of ending their life. The student who doesn’t come to class is a student who believes that class isn’t important for one reason or another. The student who sits alone in the hall or doesn’t socialize could very well be a student who believes that no one will miss them when they’re gone because they feel as though they’re just a face in the crowd. There should be someone on campus who is educated about keeping track of these very things and letting students be aware of the fact there is someone to help.

Alongside these thoughts, I believe that schools should hold a tighter policy on bullying of any form. As a student who was bullied in middle school and then further harassed in high school I know the overall effects it has on someone’s emotional and mental well being. I don’t think student’s who bully or harass in any way should be let off without a punishment or consequence to their actions. No one should feel threatened by anyone in their place of education. A main reason many students don’t speak up about bullying is they’re afraid of retaliation from their harasser.

This effort would increase employment rates for residence of Utah who work in the psychological field. In 2016 at Utah Valley University alone 291 degrees were awarded in General Psychology, that’s 291 students looking for a job where they can work with their hard earned psychology degree.

I have watched far too many hearts be broken because mothers lost their child to their child’s own demons because they didn’t feel safe in their own life. I have watched too many lives be lost in our state for me to continue to sit silently while teenagers and young adults continue to take their lives to end temporary pain. Pain that can very well be handled by the right certified personnel.

We live in a prominently latter day saint state, non-members or less actives have a feeling of being outcast, as if they don’t belong because they don’t share the same religious beliefs as their neighbor. I want to remind our great state that just because you’re not exactly like your neighbor doesn’t mean you are flawed in any way shape and form.

Everyone should be allowed a safe place to receive education. A place where they can open their mouth and receive the necessary help to succeed mentally, emotionally, and physically. I want future students to have the opportunity that me and my fellow alumni weren’t allotted. I want them to have that safe place; the safe person who they can talk to about their issues without the fear of retaliation of any form.

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