Essay about Mental Health : A Mental Illness

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A mental illness “is a condition that impacts a person 's thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis” (www.nami.org). Everyday approximately one in five Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness and roughly half of them began experiencing symptoms around the age of 14 (www.nami.org). “20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, 11% have mood disorders, 10% have a behavior or conduct disorder and 8% have an anxiety disorder” (www.nami.org). Everyday these mental illnesses go undetected can lead to suicidal thoughts. According to (www.nami.org) “90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness”. This percentage can be dramatically decreased by implementing school wide mental health screening in middle schools and high schools. The concept of mental health screenings in schools would be similar to any other common health problems schools already deal with for example, hearing and vision problems. With mental health screenings, they would mainly concentrate on the child and adolescent who may be at risk for mental health issues, particularly those with depression and suicidal ideas. Furthermore, with these screenings, they will be capable of finding a student who is at risk for behavioral disorders or an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder most commonly recognized as (ADD/ADHD). A program called TeenScreen, which is a great school-established mental health screening…

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