By Mckenna French
Many students are experiencing detachment from school and activities due to the lack of motivation and support. Some students even find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning just to waste the day away doing the same things they do every day. It’s not routine, it's a constant loop they are trapped in rooting from deterioration of their mental health. No one notices or even cares enough to help break the loop and this is a problem. A student’s mental health has a huge impact on their learning and ability to get work done, and sometimes they won’t even try. Educators need to understand that students can be in really bad shape sometimes and won’t even show it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble.
According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness, “one in five people live with some sort of mental disorder or disease. Despite the fact that the average age of early signs of mental illness is 14, most individuals don't seek help until adulthood. Underlining the seriousness is the fact that 60 percent of high school students with mental illness don't graduate.” Mental health is a serious topic that should be addressed more in schools so kids can get the help they need to avoid falling behind and becoming one of those students who don’t graduate over something they have no control over.