They already have this. In middle school my classes were bombarded with psych questions constantly, maybe twice a year or more and there were already long lines of kids getting drugged. All their parents (poor and uneducated in that area) thought they had to comply and put them on these drugs for life. It was a huge business and the kids couldn't think when they're all drugged up no wonder they did so poorly on the state tests.
Of course, private or charter schools and those with larger incomes are not as targeted or susceptible. You never see this at those schools - it is just targeting low income usually.
From then on, middle school on... a child is bombarded with this, trying to get them on drugs. There are many times people come in to lecture, many vague open-ended questionnaires, much pushing.
From what I saw it didn't make any difference and only made things worse, especially in this school. From going to a place without it to one with it, it seems to only enhance the problem and it even became a "hit" or "cool" thing.... increasing the amount of people thinking they had problems, more drugs, and more people then acting out even more. Not good. They are sucked in, unable to get out and less likely to be successful as a result (seen this happen), unable to think clearly, too many side-effects, no real problem to begin with, but sold a product with mere appeal to authority. If it is new, this is certainly a failed experiment from my first-hand experience.
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So, everyone already knows I am all for an over haul in mental health care. I am going to be so busy in January, but in mid February, I want to try and get something started (after all my training is finished and gre is taken).
I really think that mental health education should be taught in schools (K-12) and in colleges, if they accept it. Does this have to be made into law to happen? Is this something that I need to write my legislature about? Do I ask the VDH? I did go to the VDH website and the program they have in regards to mental health is Suicide Prevention. That's what I am getting ready to embark on, if all goes well. But, I really think we need more.
Not all cases, but some cases, suicide attempts/completed suicide are a result of underlying mental illness.
I think like basics for elementary school:
--what is mental health
-- how do you know when something is wrong
--basic coping skills/de-stressing/how to deal with conflict (this could even go for middle school)
Middle School/High School
--Conflict management/coping skills
-- mental illnesses (i.e. depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia)
--Tx/options for getting help
--substance abuse education
--Community Outreach/resources (this would depend on the community resources in an area)
* Something else I think should be added, but probably no one else would agree with at all is maybe a wellness class/healthy habits for kids already on psych meds.
So, how do we get mental health education in schools? Any ideas?