Throughout the world, teachers and parents expect only excellence in required classes and extracurricular activities. What teachers struggle to do is talk about mental health and how to handle it once you're confronted with it yourself.

Schools also struggle with training themselves on how to handle students who are struggling daily. If schools don’t have nurses or counselors trained in this area, students are forced to get help during school hours and face consequences, which only hurts their chances of wanting to getting help later. Schools preach the only way to make their students high achievers is to push them harder with less breaks, leaving the students with no time to be calm.

The cycle of not teaching much about mental health, strict attendance and grade policies, hours of homework and sleep deprived or overwhelmed students isn’t the winning combination to make a truly successful learning environment.

We can solve this by either hiring nurses for schools to help students struggling, requiring school counselors to not only help with career goals but also mental health and by implementing this program into the schools.

Sincerely,

Hattie Griffin

Wahpeton

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