Why Invest in Students Mental Health

Mental health is an epidemic that knows no bounds. Old or young, the statistics keep increasing by the day. One cry that devastatingly needs our plea is the mental wellness for students across the country. Many learning institutions have reported a rampant increase in suicide attempts, dropouts, and campus insecurity. If not tamed early, the results could be catastrophic. Reprieve, however, lies in developing a culture of mental and emotional wellness for our kids. Here are other reasons why we should invest in mental wellness for students;

  1.    Reduced Suicidal attempts
    The hurdles of campus life can be overwhelming for any kid. Finding the balance between, social life and school work pushes some to depression. With weeks of culminating stress and anxiety, suicidal thoughts may begin to surface. If unidentified, such students opt for the latter as an escape route from all the madness inside. By increasing mental health services around schools, we can identify such cases in advance and avert the consequence. The rippling effect would be a reduction in suicide cases.
    2.   Better school performance
    Mental illness can drastically affect a student’s productivity. It may lead to withdrawal, procrastination, and feelings of despair. Such students neglect not only their studies but also social events and school functions.  To ensure the holistic being of our students, it is vital to establish support systems around our campuses that not only cater to serious mental health issues but also the short-term effects of anxiety and depression. With a good state of mind, a decline in GPA would be a thing of the past.
    3.    Reduced dropouts
    A large percentage of school dropouts are found to have at least one mental illness. Though this might not be the first cause of their discontinuity, it can be a major contributing factor. When coupled with substance abuse, mental health may push students on the verge of their studies. With a constant decline in GPA and miss outs on classes and assignments, an institution may be forced to let go of a once promising student. By strictly monitoring such cases and providing the relevant help, we may be able to prevent school dropouts.
  2. Promote resilience 
    Mental illness is not a once in a lifetime event. It may occur at different life stages. If not taught in advance how to manage stress, we may see a continuous pattern of its effects. That’s why it is essential to foster a healthy state of mind for our students. We should give them the necessary life skills that will help them counter the hardships of life.

In a nutshell, working on students’ mental health lays a strong foundation for their future emotional stability.