Essay about Impacts of Mental Health of Students in Schools

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Can you picture the student voted “most likely to succeed” in your graduating class? This individual must have had everything going for them. They probably had good grades, popular, never in trouble, no health issues and socially and emotionally stable. However, twenty years later, after graduating college, a successful business owner, had a beautiful wife and three kids, he decides emotionally he is done and takes his own life. Mental health issues can manifest at anytime with varying degrees of significance on the emotional stability of a person. Factors such as socioeconomic status, biological and environmental issues all dictate mental health needs. Obviously, a variety of circumstances can evoke these mental health …show more content…
After the review of student performance on achievement tests, administrators are making a correlation of low test scores with increased psychosocial behaviors (Duchnowski & Kutash, 2011). This may be one way to get the attention of administration to recognize the concern of mental health. However, it has to be assumed that the administration doesn’t have all the specific knowledge about mental health. As stated in the Educational Leadership Policy Standards: “An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment (“NPBEA,” 2007). Therefore, other leaders emerge to educate the administration including counselors, school nurses, school psychologist, social worker and special education teachers. It becomes imperative for whomever is leading the communication with a student initiate the support process through collaboration with various professionals including doctors, and therapists (Gergar, Hamlet, & Schaefer, 2011). Keep in mind the sole duty of public education is to do everything they can to help the student reach an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible. If the high school setting is not capable of providing this education then it becomes necessary to look at options where this can be

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