How Students' Mental Health is Impacted

How Students' Mental Health is Impacted
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  • Meet Evan Jensen. He's your average highschooler, catching some Zzz's before his alarm wakes him up. 
  • But unfortunately, just like thousands of other students, his mental health will suffer after another long day of classes and work.
  • Evan thinks school starts too early. In fact, more than 75 percent of public schools start earlier than 8:30 am. 
  • Furthermore, only 1 out of every 3 high schoolers receives 8 hours of sleep every night. Evan is one of the unlucky two.
  • Ring!!!
  • Sleep deprivation is associated with negative mental impacts, including irritability, depression, fatigue, stress levels, and drug abuse.
  • *yawn*
  • *bork*
  • However, only 20% of these kids receive the mental health support and help they need.
  • Sadly, Evan struggles with depression and social anxiety disorder. In fact, 1 out of every 5 students display symptoms of mental illness.
  • His family, teachers, and his principal--those who should be on the lookout for mental illness--are either ill-trained or too busy to check on Evan.
  • Hello, Mr. Smith. I'm OK.
  • Doesn't he notice I'm not okay?
  • There are simply not enough social workers, school psychologists, counselors, or school nurses available to provide students with the help they need.
  • Hey, Evan! How are you?
  • Evan has 7 assignments due over the next 2 days. The stress and academic pressure that homework can cause increase the risk of depression, anxiety, and drug abuse in students like Evan.
  • The excessive amounts of homework given students hasn't changed in over 30 years. 
  • You've seen just one day in Evan's life. You've seen how the mental health of students can be drastically impacted. Early school start times, a lack of mental health services, and excessive amounts of homework all play a part.
  • But it doesn't always have to be like this. We can make a change. We can fight these realities and statistics. We can help students like Evan everywhere.
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