Mental Health Reform in Texas Schools

Mental Health Reform in Texas Schools

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With today's society, there is a strong stigma that if someone has a mental illness, they should not be treated the same way as students that are not born with that illness. A lot of people are quite uneducated on how severe mental illnesses are, and that is just because they do not have the proper training and have not been taught circumstances involving a child's mental state. Administrators need to be taught the early signs and symptoms of a child's behavior because that can prevent numerous suicides and school massacres. A lot of people say that they do understand mental illnesses, but the amount of children suicides and the different school massacres show otherwise. 

I am a very strong mental illness advocate and I just really want to give the students the satisfaction that when they walk into the school building that they are taken care of and that they are listened to. 

My main goal here is to have the teachers be trained every year on how to handle mental illnesses and how to notice the early signs and symptoms. I believe that it would prevent a significant amount of children suicides, school massacres, and decrease the teenage depression rate if the teachers know how to catch the early signs. 

I am 16 years old and have ADHD, Severe Anxiety Disorder, and Mood Disorder. I have been enrolled in Public Schools for my whole life and have had numerous occasions where I have not gotten the support and guidance from the school administrators. I have been bullied by the administrators as well as students. For the majority of my sophomore year, I was having abnormal dizziness and it took about 9 months to diagnose, so I had missed a ton of schoolwork. I went on homebound status and had to catch up on 3 six weeks of work I had missed, I was planning on going back when Winter Break was over. I was promised that I was caught up on all my schoolwork and that I would not have work dumped on me. I was looking forward to going back, to having a social life again. But the day I came back, I got 20+ assignments dumped on me, and was told that I had to have it done by the end of the month, and to keep track with the current schoolwork. I would work from 8:25 am to 1:30 am on schoolwork. I would not take any breaks because my brain just wanted this to be over with. After school, I would immediately go to some coffee shop and work until it closed and then go home and eat dinner while continuing schoolwork. I hardly saw my parents. As time progressed, I started becoming suicidal because it was just too much for me to handle. My psychologist wanted to put me under 24-hour supervision because my mindset was so off. My anxiety progressively got worse. I was told numerous times by the staff and my family members that it will all get done by time. But, my anxiety brain did not see that. Throughout all of this, my psychologist and parents were thinking of other options involving school, because I start not going to school because everyday things would be dumped on me and I could not do it any longer. They thought about putting me back on homebound status for the second time. When my parents suggested that I be put on homebound status for the rest of the year, they completely denied it and said that "anxiety is not a true reason to be on homebound status." So, we tried over and over again to get me on homebound status. Throughout this, I was not going to school, so I was becoming truant in school. The school administrators threatened to me numerous times that if I do not go back to school, my parents' jobs will be at risk, and that I would not pass my sophomore year and have to redo it because of the amount of work I missed. 

To end this epidemic, someone has to take the initiative and make children feel safe and supported. 

This will change society as a whole. 

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