@HowardCounty: Better Mental Health, Better Students.
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Mental health is one of the biggest problems that teenagers face in our society today. Most of my friends have either anxiety or depression, or even both, and I am included in that bunch as well. I have at least one mental breakdown a week, and some of my friends have them even more than I do. An example would be when I had one at school earlier this year, and I wasn't able to get the help that I needed from my nurse or guidance counselor. The nurse just tells me to lie down, and the guidance counselor(s) is either busy or doesn't know what to tell me. We need to work with our guidance counselors to ensure that they know what to do or say in case of a mental breakdown, and that they know how to help us when we're feeling depressed or anxious about whatever is going on in our lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, one in five children and adolescents experience a mental health problem during their school years. Also, up to 60% of students do not receive the mental health treatment they need because of stigma and lack of services. Students will be likely to reach out for help with their mental health at school because it is more accessible. Not every student has access to mental health because of financial struggles within their families or no resources to access those mental health facilities. Overall, training/working with our guidance counselors in our schools to ensure that they know what to do will not only make our schools a better place to be, but will make our students more academically active and motivated, and just in general, happier and healthier.
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