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Importance of Mental Health Awareness in a Child's Education

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

The Indian educational system is criticized for its exacting standards, which are based mostly on quantitative learning, long stressful days, and the imposition of a rigid curriculum that limits the child's curiosity. The child's mental health is diminishing because of the typical Indian parent's narrow worldview that a child's grades are a sign of their brilliance. Unfortunately, mental health issues are rapidly becoming an epidemic among kids and teenagers. In fact, certain illnesses, like anxiety, are even more prevalent than most physical ailments. Trauma, family friction, despair, anxiety, ADHD, and drug dependence are just a few of the social, emotional, and mental health issues that children face.

Urban sprawl, single-parent households, geographic migration, easy access to potentially lethal substances and activities, and other factors have undercut the familial and cultural structures that traditionally provided young people with a firm foundation. As a result, educational institutions bear the primary responsibility for the mental health of the students.

Risk-taking attitude in young people, such as smoking, drug and alcohol addiction, too-early sexual interaction, and life-threatening escapades, may be a warning sign of more serious issues to emerge. This population may benefit from early intervention to avoid adverse consequences. Emotional and behavioral changes or deviations might be a sign of psychological issues. Aggressiveness, extreme shyness, low attendance at school, a drop in academic achievement, irritability, shifting emotions, changing peer group, and compulsive and obsessive behavior are a few examples of this. Although the average age of onset of mental illness is 14, most people do not seek care until they reach adulthood. The fact that 60 percent of high school students with mental illness drop out, highlights how serious the circumstance is.

Via continuous education and counselling, the school can work to demystify mental illness and foster discussions about the stigma in hopes of permanently eradicating the fear.

Students will be more inclined to comprehend the idea of self-care and self-analysis and will be prompted to take responsibility for their own healthcare and ultimately realize that their wellness is largely in their own control. With a strong ability to identify signs and symptoms, they can be more proactive and address their issues before they turn significant. They will be exposed to coping mechanisms and tools for dealing with mental health issues, which will assist them in improving their problem-solving skills, because of which, the student conduct, effective focused learning, and the overall sense of well-being, all increase.

Early intervention can make all the difference in the world. Schools should broaden their roles in delivering mental health services as the country advances closer to universalization of education. Institutions with efficient and well-coordinated mental health policies, procedures, training programs and regular psychological and social counselling, experience a plethora of advantages for both students and the school, including enhanced creativity and personal development, higher academic achievement, improved graduation rates, and better classroom climate.

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