World Mental Health Day 2017 | Mental health in the School
As we join the world to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2017, it is important out some salient points about Mental Health in the school which has often times being play down.
The mental health of students in schools is an often overlooked, yet extremely relevant issue for today’s educator. There is a growing and unmet need for mental health services for children and youth.
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
Although it is often ignored, mental health is as important to a student’s well-being as their physical health, particularly during the turbulent years of adolescence.
How Does Mental Health Affect Students?
1. Mental disorders affect a student’s emotional well-being. We have come across some students whose emotional well-being was affected as a result of mental health but thanks to our psychologists who have helped these students achieve balance.
2. Mental disorders affect a student’s ability to learn. Sometimes, the reason behind a student’s inability to learn may be tied to underlying factor such as his/her mental health.
3. Mental disorders are a factor in why some students drop out of school. Most students drop out of school as a result of frustration from his inability to learn and cope. We tend to worry that without dealing with the major reason that stirred up such decision which more than half of the time is a result of mental health disorder that has not been discovered.
Addressing Mental Health Problems at School
1. Use the classroom for stigma reduction: A number of mental health sufferers are usually stigmatised. The classroom can be used as a effective medium to enlighten students about the condition and educate them on why victims should not be stigmatized.
2. Identify and intervene: This is another effective way of addressing the mental health issue. The teacher is in a better position to identify students who are suffering from mental health and intervene as appropriate.
3. Tailor School curriculum to meets mental health promotion: This is an important intervention to tackle mental health in schools
4. Provision of School Psychologist:
At Nigerian Tulip International Colleges, we take pastoral care of students very seriously and hence our school psychologist are uniquely trained to deliver high quality mental and behavioural health services in the school setting to ensure all students have the support they need to be successful in school, at home, and throughout life.