STAND For Our STUDENTS - Mental Health Proposal

STAND For Our STUDENTS - Mental Health Proposal

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Janiele Hamden started this petition to Radford City School Board and

Recently our neighbor, Montgomery County Schools, approved mental health days for their students. This is a progressive movement in the state of Virginia, and one Radford City Schools must consider if we are to be regarded as responsible educators and caretakers of our Youth. This supportive posture is key in creating preventative mental health crisis strategies for our youth. In our community and in every community, there are a million reasons why this is necessary, and not one good enough to counter that position. While it is understood there are some who will take advantage of this proposed policy change, the positive impacts will far exceed any negative. Feeling unwell is not always visible or diagnosable with a quick trip to your family doctor. It requires time, support, and other resources to understand the physical and mental effects of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. When an individual is experiencing mental health illness, additional stressors such as social and academic requirements further complicate an already highly challenging journey. Creating the conditions for our youth to heal will maximize their potential and expedite recovery. It is past time to publicly validate our students and remind them they have a safe place in our school community...and that we ALWAYS stand beside them. 

Please join me in STANDING for our STUDENTS.

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