I agree to Idea Mental health issues in schools
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Mental health issues in schools

Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility are becoming more commonplace. A discussion needs to occur to figure out how we can best support these students, and what resources, programs and funding can be made available to support schools with students in crisis.

Submitted by 1 year ago

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  1. If one disagrees by mistake, how does one correct it because I SO agree for supporting students in crisis.

    1 year ago
  2. There has been a lot of talk about this within the government. In the schools, little of no change is evident because the professional resources are not present.

    Have you even tried to find professional mental help for a teenager?? Its not possible unless your in Toronto or willing to wait months and months.

    1 year ago
  3. I also made a mistake on this vote. How can this be corrected ?

    1 year ago
  4. Moderator

    The retracting is enabled. Please try again.

    1 year ago
    1. How does one Retract. I saw a button but it is in some places and not others. Where do I find the retract button on this post?

      1 year ago
  5. I would recommend expanding your idea here. You seem to have focused it completely on elementary schools, when the issues relating to education around mental health, and the problems with the system itself, are much more widespread than that.


    1 year ago
    1. rac Idea Submitter

      Thanks Zachary! I agree with your point. The reason I highlighted elementary was because I do believe that some attention has been given to the high schools (although I think far more attention is needed), however, mental health issues are increasing at an alarming rate right down into to Kindergarten. Resources are not always available to this age group because the needs haven't necessarily been as great in the past. Thanks for the input :)

      1 year ago
  6. rac Idea Submitter

    Hi Fran, the "retract vote" button is located under the vote tally for this issue :)

    1 year ago
  7. Finally found it. Thanks rac.

    1 year ago
  8. I agree in principle with the idea, but we do not need to spend any more time or money on more studies of this issue. The Ontario Liberal party has already studied it and in 2011 released a strategy, "Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy." See it at www.health.gov.on.ca. This strategy commits to focusing on children and youth. So the starting point now should be to see just how many of the recommendations in this strategy are actually being implemented and how do we get more of them implemented. The strategy recommends a Ministers Advisory Group made up of stakeholders, but so far, no such group has been set up. And when it is set up, we need to make sure that parents and caregivers are on this Advisory Group -- the strategy actually does not include them. There is also the "Ontario Report on Mental Health and Addictions" released in 2010. All three parties agreed to it 23 recommendations, but very few of these recommendations have been implemented. So let's not waste more time and money studying these issues. We need ACTION!

    1 year ago
  9. rac Idea Submitter

    I agree! Greater action is needed immediately. More and more schools and classroom teachers (who are not necessarily trained to deal with such issues) are working to try and support students in crisis when limited resources are available. Academics often have to take a back seat when a student is dealing with a mental health issue. As these issues become more prevalent in classrooms across the province, overall student success becomes compromised.

    1 year ago
  10. Check these books out:

    "In their Own Way" By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

    "The Wildest Colts make the Best Horses" By John Breeding

    "Optimun Nutrition for your Chil's Mind"

    When you read these books (there is also much more info available out there) you will have another point of view of the real root causes of the increasing Mental Health issues all over the world (Bussiness, Money, Profits, Marketing?? you decide)

    1 year ago
  11. The problem is that parents have been overly protective of their children, not allowing them to confront a difficult situation at any time (sports defeat, school marks poor, bullying, a death in the family, etc.) Now when they hit high school and work loads increase and marks drop, suddenly they cannot handle this crisis. Then there are the difficulties the students have in dealing with relationships. Kids today do not know how to communicate with each other because they have been in front of a computer most of their lives by this point in time. Parents have sheltered their kids from other children. And now, with mental health being such a big issue, when a student is having difficulties with an issue, the experts say it is a "mental health" issue. No, its just called stress. We all have it, we always will. The problem is we now have created a generation that does not know how to deal with stress. I wonder how this generation would have dealt with the stresses that our grandparents had to deal with (ie. war, poverty). What a mess that would be!

    1 year ago
    1. Serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression with psychosis cannot be dismissed so easily. They are very real among teenagers and young adults -- average age of onset is 15 to 25 -- but sometimes younger children develop serious mental illnesses too. Research hasn't yet revealed a definitive cause, but best evidence shows a complex interaction of genetic, biological and environmental factors. There is no credible evidence whatsoever that poor parenting causes these illnesses. In fact, "parent blaming" and "family blaming" was popular decades ago, but has since been discredited by scientific research.

      Regarding our grandparents' generation, serious mental illnesses occurred then too. The general population just didn't know about them because people with mental illnesses were typically put into an institution and because of stigma and shame, their families did not talk about them.

      The important point for policy-making today is that even though we still don't have a cure, we now have enough knowledge to successfully treat serious mental illnesses and support the young person to stay in school and recover a fulfilling life. So early intervention in schools of children, teens and youth at risk makes great sense -- not only for the individual but for all of society!

      1 year ago
  12. Check out the following 4 min video:

    We need more supports to younger children and parents in child care centres and preschool programs. Many of the conditions that emerge in school can be reliably screened and addressed starting at age 6 months. Parenting supports to the parent-child dyad at that time can avoid later difficulties with learning, emotional regulation, etc. Why not invest in a more cost-effective and successful approach, why wait.

    1 year ago
  13. Meditation has improved the lives of many and the statistics are with a group from Australia (The City of Townline) where this has been practised for the last 9 years.

    1 year ago
  14. We need to focus in addition to elementary, but Post-Secondary students! They are extremely stressed out and pressured to do well!

    1 year ago
  15. The greater issue might be that our culture is oriented toward success, perfection, not acknowledging that failure might happen at times. Some students may feel that they are un-worthy if they come forward to seek help or scrutinized. So I think it begins with ending the stigmas behind it. We seem to forget that we are all human beings! So have teachers take courses to see the signs or someone having a difficult time. Create an atmosphere that welcomes and demonstrating that everyone in parts of their lives need time to be listened to.

    1 year ago
  16. The elementary schools can and need to play an important part of any province-wide mental health strategy. It is here that many signs of mental health issues are first seen. Early detection and support is crucial. School see a lot of their young students, and also their families too. Teachers need to be trained to spot the early signs and to provide 'healthy' classroom environments. The schools need to be linked directly to mental health professionals and agencies in the community. In fact, every school should have some sort of mental health professional on staff. Assistance, such as therapy, can be provided through the schools. As I teacher, I know first-hand how hard it is to get students and families the help they need. I often know that a problem exists, but don't know how to go about getting help. It is often left up to families to seek assistance on their own outside of the school. How much easier it would be for me to be able to directly link a trusted professional from the school staff to the families in need.

    1 year ago
  17. sd

    I wonder how have we survived in our schools with all that issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility? Maybe it's not bad that out culture is oriented towards success, maybe that's why people are getting jobs,work hard and move our society forward?

    1 year ago

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