May is mental health month, don’t know that it can be considered a “celebration” of mental health, but it’s high time we started discussing and being open about these challenges in our children and likewise, in adults.
I have been reading various blogs and posts in regard to this month’s subject and found this:
“In an attempt to increase knowledge about mental health issues among today’s youth, California passed a new law in 2013 requiring the addition of age-appropriate mental health curriculum to the Education Code. This law specifically states that all public schools within the state of California need to revise their Health Framework to include the integration of mental health education for grades K-12. … Our hope is that other local schools take the initiative to incorporate mental health issues into their classrooms. We also hope that other states recognize the importance of mental health education for youth and consider implementation of this new law. Let’s work together to better the future generations of America!”
Read full article from Psych Central here.
Wouldn’t it be great if that could really be achieved? Sad that it is even needed, but so many of our kids are either pushed out of schools and end up isolated in a home-school situation or the opposite happens, which in most cases is worse, the child is forced to try and manage with the little help the school is able or willing to offer and in the end the child either flunks out, commits suicide, is bullied relentlessly or worse, turns on the school in full force. It’s a sad story that we see all over today, more and more it seems our kids are having significant mental challenges and none more evident than when a child commits suicide or lets loose on a school, what we are doing doesn’t seem to be working, there is a new need out there, there are new problems being encountered by society today than was 20-30 years ago so inevitably new solutions are needed, let’s find a way to help raise these kids up rather than force them out!