Monday, September 19, 2016

Mental health, suicide and outsourcing. Our kids are at stake. - Lily's Blackboard

Mental health, suicide and outsourcing. Our kids are at stake. - Lily's Blackboard:

Mental health, suicide and outsourcing. Our kids are at stake.

With age comes wisdom, or at least perspective. You learn that disappointment and loss are facts of life. You understand that when it comes to hurt and emotional pain, no feeling, overwhelming as it may be, lasts forever.
But “This too shall pass” is hard enough for many adults to grasp, let alone students without the perspective and life experience to even begin to accept that truth. It’s important that we stay alert to the signs of problems that are too big for our students to handle on their own.
“Mental health is all too often one of the last things that we pay attention to, even though we know how immensely important it is,” says David Anderson, senior director, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute.
We don’t want to contemplate it, but suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24Ninety percent of children and adolescents who die of suicide have an underlying mental health disorder. Many of these—including post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression—go undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. That means they receive no therapy, counseling or medication.children-mental-health
As many as 1 in 5 adolescents ages 13 to 18 has a mental health disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But school districts have cut back on the very people who play an important role in helping these students: counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologistsCounselors on average are responsible for 500 students each; for school nurses and psychologists, it’s 1,100 and 1,400, respectively.
Some districts are resorting to outsourcing these important positions. But outsourcing doesn’t allow for the deep connections that are most helpful when students are in distress.
Most of the students who have mental health disorders, thankfully, will not take their own lives. But of course, there is other fallout. When a young person is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s harder for an educator to reach Mental health, suicide and outsourcing. Our kids are at stake. - Lily's Blackboard:




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