What does mental health awareness look like in high schools?

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  • Depression, as it’s scientifically defined, is a feeling of severe despondency and dejection. In other words, absence or low serotonin in the brain causes an extreme amount of sadness or numbness constantly
  • 61% of teens say they feel pressured to get good grades
  • 31% have an anxiety disorder
  • Parents are concerned for their kid’s mental health but do not know how to help 
  • According to a 2019 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, the rate of major depressive episodes in adolescents has raised 52% from 2005 to 2017 

http://ns.umich.edu/Releases/2004/Nov04/teen_time_report.pdf

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/01/gen-z

How to know when someone needs help

  • Depression and anxiety have become a prominent part of all teenager’s lives, no matter if they are suffering from it or a friend. 
  • This is because it affects a community of people and should not be something a person has to endure alone
  • youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. 
  • Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and researchers warn it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults.” 
  • According to Leonard academic, athletic, social, and personal challenges have been regarded as domains of “good stress” for high school-aged youth
  • However, there is growing awareness that many subgroups of youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent that it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and Leonard warns it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults. 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

What are some causes of depression and anxiety?

  • https://hookedoneverything.com/mental-illnesses/
  • Although most people will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life, the majority of depression starts in the teenage years and can be lifelong. Gen z is 27% more likely than other generations including millennials and Gen Xers to report their mental health as fair or poor. Causes of depression can be unique or different for anyone suffering but some studies have linked it to changes in the brain, trauma, hormones, genetics, drug usage, abuse… Gen Z struggles with this issue due to an increase in the use of social media platforms, societal issues, living through major historical events, and especially chronic stress

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/01/gen-z

Solution

Teaching students early on how to manage stress would go a long way. After conducting interviews with numerous Cranbrook students, we realized many students correlate Stress and time management to depression and mental health-related issues. Conducting workshops and dedicating time to teaching students how to manage their time, and teaching stress reduction habits would benefit the student body. Underclassmen, primarily freshmen are coming from various backgrounds. Some make the transition to Cranbrook from public schools, other private schools, and even different countries. Implementing this help for students would reduce stress and promote the well-being of students.

http://www.factinate.com/things/40-facts-depression/. Accessed 8 Apr. 2021. 

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Hey Avery!
    Your project tackles a very important and urgent issue and I really enjoyed reading and learning about it. I really enjoyed reading your section on ‘how to know when someone needs help’. I also agree that workshops, teaching students about time management and stress reduction would benefit students! Great work.

  2. Your page was very informative. I learned so much really great work! I agree that helping students learn time management and stress reduction would help. Also teacher awareness of the topic is important.

  3. Hi Avery!

    My name is Kathleen Brandimarte, I’m from the abnormal psychology class. I loved learing more about your topic, your page had a lot of good information! I definitely agree with you that teaching students how to cope with stress early goes a long way. I am also a student at Cranbrook and I agree with you about your ideas for helping students at Cranbrook.

  4. Hi Avery!

    My name is Kathleen Brandimarte! I’m from the abnormal psychology class. I really enjoyed learning more about your topic, your page was very informative. I agree with you that teaching students how to cope with stress earlier will help in the long run. Great Job!

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