Let's bring mental health education to our schools.
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Mental health is something that affects every single one of us. It is part of who we are. The same way we have physical bodies that require proper nourishment and exercise, so do we have an unseen mental component that requires care and attention. Because it is unseen, too often it goes ignored.
Everyone needs to learn proper responses and coping skills when manifesting a specific emotion. But it goes deeper than that. Many of us either suffer or have known someone who suffers from mental illness. Having the ability to recognize this in ourselves and others is important. Whether learning how to ask for help for oneself, or offering help to another, these are important skills that should be developed.
There is a stigma attached to mental illness. Too many people feel isolated and alone, trapped within their own heads and repetitive negative thoughts. They fear reaching out for help, lest they be labeled as broken, attention seekers, or possibly dangerous. Too many turn to substance abuse as a form of self medicating. Too many turn to self harm or destructive/high risk behavior as a coping mechanism. And too many turn to hurting others as a way to project their own pain onto others.
We teach physical education to children as a way to take care of the physical body. Some schools offer dietary classes to teach children how to care for the body from within. We teach sexual education to age appropriate children as a way to prevent the spreading of STD's and unwanted pregnancies. It's time we also educate children how to care for themselves and others regarding their mental health.
Please sign this petition if you would like to see mental health education being implemented in our public schools.
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