Push for More Mental Health Programs in Schools through the Arts

Push for More Mental Health Programs in Schools through the Arts

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Shaney Cadet started this petition to James Peyser and

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Shaney Cadet, Oprah Nkera, Seforah Cameau, Arian Dubuisson, Jacob Bunting, Djayline M. Dos Reis, Alexis Belizaire, Dylan Tracy, Andrea Brockmeier, Edgar Santana Baez, Junior Celestin, and Josh Danter

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It has become a growing issue that as more and more students struggle with mental health issues, they are more likely to become overwhelmed of their workload. We acknowledge that right now, school is virtual, but there will be a time when students must return back to in-person school, and when they do, we want it to be the most supportive environment it can be for the students as well as the teachers.

According to an article in Child Mind, when students don't have an active psychologist or psychiatrist on site, "expulsions in prekindergarten are twice as common". If students aren't getting the right aid at an early stage, they are almost sabotaged for the rest of their educational career, as they aren't able to reach their full potential since they couldn't get the right help. This can also be found from the National Center for Education Statistics. A whopping 63% of students who have mental disabilities ranging from the age of 3 to 21 years old are spending 80% percent of their time in regular school. This is ridiculous, because all children are different and must learn in their own way to be able to achieve when they grow older. Not all students can fit the mold that the education system tries to encase them in, and it can suffocate their motivation to learn.

We propose that there be more funding put into mental health and the arts, and hopefully, an eventual state mandate that requires all schools to provide programming that enriches student's minds and allows them to know how to regulate and work through their emotions. We understand the need to teach students arithmetic, and English, and geography, etc. But, it all must go into moderation. Put the same energy that they put into the more conventional subjects for the arts. A poll in 2005 shows that 93% of the Americans that took this poll agreed that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. 

In conclusion, we ask you, Jeffrey Riley, James Peyser, and the rest of the Department of Education of Massachusetts to consider integrating mental health programs and arts programs even more to give students a more well rounded education. Thank you for taking the time to read our petition.

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