Increase the Importance of Mental Health Education in Washington County Elementary Schools

Increase the Importance of Mental Health Education in Washington County Elementary Schools

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Sydney Reese started this petition to Washington County School District

     By increasing Mental Health Education in elementary schools, we can move closer to the goal of reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health. This negative misinformation around the topic of mental health can prevent individuals from taking this topic as seriously as they should. If these children experiencing mental health issues continue growing up undiagnosed or without seeking treatment, they will be "at increased risk of school failure, contact with the criminal justice system, dependence on social services, and even suicide." (MHA)

Elementary-aged children learn about physical health and nutrition, but not mental health despite the fact that these early years of their lives will be critical to shaping their futures both inside and outside of the classroom. 

According to the CDC, 9.4% of children aged 2-17 years will have received an ADHD diagnosis, 7.4% with a behavioral issue, 7.1 with anxiety, and 3.1 with depression, and many of these conditions coexist.

We need to be teaching our children about the importance of self-love and self-care. We need to teach them how to show their emotions and recognize when they need help, as well as to recognize when their classmates are showing signs that they are in need of help.

 

Recognizing Mental Health Problems In Children. (n.d.). Retrieved December 04, 2020, from https://www.mhanational.org/recognizing-mental-health-problems-children

Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health. (2020, June 15). Retrieved December 04, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html

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