As children across the country are starting their school years, their parents and guardians are taking steps to make sure they’re equipped with the needed supplies and clothes that fit. Let’s be sure to equip them with the tools to help prevent bullying. If not stopped, bullying results in real and lasting mental health effects.
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You may have brought the dark, but together we will shine a light.Students of Parkland High School wrote these lyrics to their song, “Shine,” in response to the violence that took the lives of their classmates and teachers in February. These lyrics remind us that mass violence affects not only those who are killed or physically injured, but those who are traumatized by losing loved ones or by witnessing violence. However, the lyrics also remind us that we can heal from trauma.
Each new school year brings a mixture of emotions for students, whether they are heading off to pre-school through post-graduate studies. They may mourn the end of summer but look forward to seeing friends. They may be excited about new challenges but worry about academic pressure and peer pressure. As developing minds process these emotions, they often complicate emerging or ongoing behavioral health issues. Given that one-half of mental illnesses begin before age 14 and three quarters before age 25, it is critical, therefore, for students to have access to high-quality behavioral health services.