Better School Programs for Mental Health

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Currently in today’s society, coming out as gay is easier than admitting to a serious mental problem. This effect puts a burden on teens who suffer from problems and don’t know where to go; which led to the increase of teen suicides as seen in the media. In the average classroom size, about three of the twenty-four students have depression; not mentioning other common disorders such as bipolar disorder, panic disorder, ADHD, conduct disorder, and eating disorders. Without better programs in schools to prevent and inform about mental disorders, the current taboo on them, the bullying of students suffering, and the romanticization of diseases will continue to increase the negative effect mental disorders have on teens.
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Graham Thoricraft, a professor of community psychiatry, released in a study that people with mental illnesses will change their expectations of social encounters and conceal their illness to avoid discrimination (Thoricraft). This starts a circle of exclusion and ignorance in the public and acts against the mentally ill will continue to happen. In schools alone bullying occurs among those suffering and pushes them farther away from recovering.
Bullying in schools both increases the taboo involved with mental health, but also causes the problems in students itself. Because of being bullied those suffering will often avoid school as to not face their aggressors. The Jed Foundation, a program to promote emotional health and prevent suicide, speaks about how “Every day, nearly 160,000 students skip school because they fear being bullied. Two out of three students have witnessed a bullying incident, and a quarter of students have been bullied themselves” (The). By avoiding school, students’ self esteem plummets and they only continue to avoid their problems later on in life. Also, the effect of bullying also affects the aggressors themselves throughout their lives. Chelsea Perugini of the US Department of Health and Human Services reports how “Youth who bullied were at risk for antisocial personality disorder. Youth who bullied who were also victims of bullying were at a higher risk for