Mental Health Days
Mental Health Days
Danielle Hardy says it best: From her article, "LTTE: College students should be granted mental health days"
Hardy, Danielle. (2019, October 06). News. Retrieved March 03, 2021, from https://collegian.com/2019/10/category-opinion-ltte-college-students-should-be-granted-mental-health-days/
Hardy says, “In making mental health a priority, we are instilling a positive change to many students’ overall academic success, while also ensuring higher graduation rates.”
She says, “Being a student, we’re expected to attend class, complete homework, maintain a job and find time to study. As well, we must maintain our personal well-being, which includes staying active, eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep. This leads to an overwhelming feeling of stress. Stress is a real psychosocial factor that can have negative consequences on a college student’s academic and social life, as well as their personal mental health.”
Furthermore: “Students who have difficulty handling stress struggle to adjust to the many academic and social pressures associated with transitioning to college and, as a result, are at risk of academic failure, deteriorating mental health and/or dropping out.”
Also, “A common notion is that students would take advantage of these mental health days and use them poorly, and that may happen. However, what people don’t realize is that mental health days are to address the issues we are seeing. If five students use mental health days for the wrong reasons, and one student uses their mental health days to take care of themselves, practice the self-care they need and return to school the following day feeling better mentally and ready to learn, we have succeeded.”
Lastly, she explains, “When we allow students to take charge of their own mental health, we are allowing them the self determination and personal autonomy to decide what they need.Mental health days would be a great start to break down the stigma of mental health and empower not only University students, but all students in ensuring they get the care they need to take care of themselves and function as the best students possible.”
This article illustrates the reasoning behind this petition, which is specific to help students at our very own, Stonybrook University.
“Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” — Adam Ant