Mandatory Mental Health Education and Assessments for Students

Mandatory Mental Health Education and Assessments for Students

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Started by Aira Nisperos

Bridge the gap between physical health and mental health. 

          Most people are stereotyping mental health issues of people — especially students. Oftentimes, these mental health issues are not acknowledged and addressed properly which can lead to further health complications and other serious issues in life. In order to make a solution to an increasing number of cases attributed to poor mental health, there should be mandatory mental health education and assessments for students. This includes at least once a week sessions for a seminar and interactive discussions about mental health. Also, there should be an assessment and checkups for students with the help of professionals and psychiatrists. Just as how malnourished students are given free foods and vitamins in school to help ensure good physical health, there should also be an action to prevent and address mental health issues of students.

"Globally, an estimated 10 to 20% of children and adolescents are affected by mental health problems, with more than half occurring before the age of 14. In the Western Pacific Region, mental disorders rank third in the leading causes of disability-adjusted life years (DALY) among children and the prevalence of suicide attempts is high. Nevertheless, despite these alarming statistics, the figures may still be underreported due to stigma and taboo that affect help-seeking and reporting mental health problems." (Usami et al., 2020)

 

LET US STOP THE STIGMA.

“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson

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