Educational institutions should prioritize students’ mental health by implementing more support services

Rethinking School Schedules to Boost Student Mental Health: The Need for a Change in Educational Approach

In Ohio, schools are required to educate students on how to handle harmful social media posts every semester. However, this fails to address the needs of students who are silently dealing with mental health challenges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 42% of students experience persistent sadness or hopelessness, impacting their behavior and well-being.

Schools often claim to care about their students, but true care requires a change in approach. One way to improve the well-being of students is by starting school at a later time. Research shows that as teenagers get older, they are getting less sleep, which impacts their mental health. By starting school later, students have the opportunity to get more rest, especially those involved in extracurricular activities or part-time jobs.

Aubrianna Spears from Jackson Township argues that schools need to focus more on the mental health of their students, addressing the needs of those who are silently struggling rather than solely focusing on visible signs of distress. Starting school at a later time can be one way to improve the mental well-being of students, allowing them to get the rest they need to thrive academically and emotionally.

In addition to addressing mental health concerns through scheduling changes, schools can also provide resources and support for students who are struggling with mental health issues. This includes counseling services, peer support groups, and education on coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

Overall, it is important for schools to prioritize the mental health of their students and take proactive steps towards supporting them. By starting school at a later time and providing resources and support, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

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