Mental Health Issues in Classroom
Millions of people struggle with mental health problems every day, but no one wants to believe that these problems can affect children. As a parent, you are responsible for knowing and meeting your child’s needs. This includes identifying problems, behaviours and seeking treatment if your child needs help.
It is a fact of life that children sometimes break the rules. It is also a fact that they occasionally show emotional outbursts or have a fit of rage in the middle of the grocery store. Child development is a difficult time and children often cannot understand or adequately handle the changes they are going through.
Children can experience the same mental health problems as adults, although they generally express them in different ways. For example, an adult with depression may have trouble concentrating or enjoying activities that one used to enjoy. In children with depression, irritability is a more common symptom than sadness. Children are also more likely to have behavioural changes than manifestations of mental health problems. In many children, these present in the form of behaviour problems, such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), behaviour disorder (CD), or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
All children experience ups and downs in school. Changing classes, learning difficult materials, and going through developmental changes are sources of stress that can affect your child’s behaviour at school and mental health. With all these changes, it is the responsibility of parents to be on the lookout for warning signs that their child is struggling more than normal.
Here are some of the most common signs of mental illness in children: Mood swings (such as sadness, withdrawal, or mood swings). Intense emotions (e.g.: overwhelming fear, outbursts of anger, extreme fear). Changes in behaviour (e.g., behaviour that has gotten out of control, frequent fights, use of weapons). Difficulty concentrating, reduced performance in school. Unexplained weight loss or changes in appetite. Physical symptoms such as frequent headaches or abdominal pain. self-harm or self-harm, such as B. Cutting or burning and attempted suicide.
For many students who have problems with behaviour, mental health, or learning abilities, the best solution is to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan. Technically, an IEP is a legal document that sets out the details of a program. education that includes instruction, support, and other services a child needs to be successful in school. However, an IEP is more than just a written document – it is a roadmap for teachers and other school personnel to help them meet the unique needs of the child. IEPs are a common part of public education. If your child does not need special education to meet her special needs, a 504 plan may be more appropriate. These plans are designed for children who can do well in a regular classroom but need special supports or services to study in that setting. Some of the accommodations your child might get with a 504 plan include extra time on tests, the ability to get out of the classroom for short breaks, or courses to learn study or coping skills.
As parents and educators, we must recognize that mental health is rapidly deteriorating, yet we are beset by taboos, misconceptions, and stigmas that prevent prompt intervention. To normalize dialogues about the concerns and increase knowledge and awareness among children, schools should combine social and emotional learning with mental health curricula beginning in grade one. We must stop viewing mental health as a flaw or a phase, and we must overcome our fear of being criticized, labelled, or medicated. We need more intelligent information delivered through the proper channels, not the internet, to expand our knowledge and understanding.