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09-21 Parents believe schools are unable to handle teen mental health issues, finds survey

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Parents believe schools are unable to handle teen mental health issues, finds survey

Most of the parents in the United States feel that educational institutions are unable to assist students with chronic physiological or psychological health issues, finds a new survey. According to a new report of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan, parents believe that schools are not equipped to help their students battling psychiatric disorders or critical physical ailments. Roughly 77 percent of parents opened up about having less confidence in the schools’ ability to act appropriately in response to complex health problems as opposed to providing first aid in case of minor issues, the survey found.

According to the poll, only 38 percent of guardians trusted the schools’ ability to handle a student who might be suffering from potential mental illnesses. Commenting on the findings, Sarah Clark, the poll co-director, said, “Parents feel schools can handle basic first aid, but are less sure about urgent health situations such as an asthma attack, epileptic seizure, or serious allergic reaction. And they have the most uncertainty around whether schools can identify and assist a student with a mental health problem.”

Elucidating the challenges of dealing with mental health issues, Clark said how myriad factors impede effective solutions to prevailing problems associated with weak emotional health conditions. “At the elementary level, this might include prolonged sadness, anger management problems, or undiagnosed ADHD. For older students, it may be anxiety about college entrance tests, a problem with drug use, or suicidal thoughts,” she stressed.

Clark said how guardians are willing to learn more about how their child’s school functions so that they may pinpoint at potential psychiatric diseases and help students battling them in silence. She also stressed that parents were in support of more resources being provided, if necessary. The statistics underscoring parents’ concerns about their child’s health was recorded after examination of responses that showed that roughly 60 percent of the guardians believed that a school nurse attended to the students’ needs for five days a week. Poll results showed that guardians who believed that their children’s schools had a full-time nurse had more confidence in the institutions’ ability to handle issues related to mental illnesses.

Understanding role of school nurses

According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), more than 30 percent of American schools only have a part-time nurse. This is in contradiction to guidelines laid down by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says that every American school must have a full-time nurse.

Mental health issues are prevalent among Americans of all ages and hence, it is imperative to look out for potential symptoms that may be visible during childhood or adolescence so that timely interventions can be availed.

Teen mental health issues can be resolved

With increasing awareness, mental health problems are being increasingly identified. More and more people are also willing to seek the required help, especially for their children. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2016, there were nearly 45 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of the adult population ­ with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year. If you or your loved one is suffering from any mental disorder, seek medical intervention at the earliest.

Sovereign Health is a leading mental health care center in the country. Our Rancho San Diego’s teenage mental health facilities combine cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and group and individual therapies, to lend holistic treatment to those affected. Our teen mental health rehabs conduct detailed patient assessment in addition to studying relevant genetic, social and environmental factors that may help explain the onset of psychiatric disorders in adolescents. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for more information about our mental health facilities for teens.

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