Where should Mental Health Awareness start? This is a hard question. With suicide rates so high and the age of children committing suicide becoming younger and younger, how do we prepare our children for a better future? I think we need programs in our schools to help with our children’s Mental Health at all ages.
Anti-Bulling Programs at the grade school level.
Classes in coping with stress and dealing with the pressure of adding extra activities, getting homework done and how to communicate with their parents when things get to be too much for incoming Jr. High Students.
At the High School Level there should be an orientation or online class Parents must complete. This should include for parents the effects they have on their children when putting added stress on them to be the best at everything. They have enough stress with keeping up grades, being in an extra activity and trying to survive on a day to day basis where others can be cruel. They should also have to watch a video on what happens to a bullied child and how to deal with your child if they are the bully. What you should do if you notice your child has any of the symptoms of depression or anxiety.
I also feel NAMI should be a big part of our High Schools.
https://www.nami.org/ Learn more here.