It seems we have become more unhappy than ever before, our children too. A study done by a Johns Hopkins professor showed that the chance of an adolescent experiencing major depression rose by 37% in the span of almost 10 years. The dark truth is that the numbers are continuously increasing. While we concern ourselves with making sure that all of our students are able to fulfill certain expectations of them, with standardized testing and common core math problems, we neglect to pay attention to how these expectations are affecting their mental health.
Living in a society that tells you materialism and money are the keys to success is the first mistake that we’ve made as a community of role models to our children. Not only is it important for us to pay attention to the academic achievements of our children, but to be focused mainly on their well-being. According to the CDC the suicide rate for young males has increased by 31% since 2007 and has doubled for females… What do we have to say about this? What can we do about this? Are we doing enough…
Currently only two states in the entire United States of America actually include mental health education in their curriculums, but that’s not enough and it certainly isn’t going to be enough to help the rest of our young people learn how to manage not only their emotions but their mental health as well. It may seem like an issue that is common sense; however in our current climate of government priorities, mental health and education seems to be the lowest on the list. There are a lot of contributing factors that play a part in the reason for our students decline in self-confidence, happiness, and socio-emotional stability, let’s visit those.