Empowering the Next Generation: Why schools must prioritize mental wellness now!

Damon Harris
11 Jan 2022
5 min read

Unveiling the Mental Wellness Crisis

In today's fast-paced digital world, mental wellness challenges among students are rapidly escalating. From the pressures of social media to the daunting expectations set by society, our students are grappling with unprecedented stressors. Recent survey findings from Prairie Point teachers confirm what many educators nationwide have long suspected: mental wellness is a pressing concern that cannot be ignored.

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Key Insights: Prairie Point's Teacher Survey

  1. Anxiety Tops the List: A significant number of teachers identified anxiety as the most prevalent challenge faced by students, followed closely by depression and self-esteem issues.
  2. Need for Personal Approach: Teachers have been addressing these challenges primarily through private conversations, highlighting the importance of a personal approach.
  3. The Role of School Counselors: Counselors are the go-to resource in many schools, but is it enough?

These findings mirror national trends. According to a study by the National Association of School Psychologists, anxiety disorders affect 25% of all teens and 30% of all teen girls. Similarly, a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that depression and anxiety are on the rise among America's youth and, whether or not they personally suffer from these conditions, seven in ten teenagers call them major problems among their peers.

Closing the Digital Divide

With the digital era's onset, integrating technology into mental wellness strategies is not just smart—it's essential. The recent introduction of the Brightn app offers a beacon of hope. But how do educators feel about it?

  1. Curriculum Integration: Teachers at Prairie Point see the potential of integrating the Brightn app into health classes and homeroom sessions.
  2. Desired Features: Daily motivational quotes, self-assessment tools, and breathing timers are among the top-requested features.

But why wait for applications like Brightn to become a staple? The evidence is clear. The Child Mind Institute states that early intervention is crucial. When students receive the mental health care they need, they have a better chance of graduating from high school, going to college, and leading full, productive lives.

Empowering Futures: The Imperative for Comprehensive Mental Wellness Education

The need for a comprehensive mental wellness curriculum is evident. Schools, backed by decision-makers, have the power to create a lasting impact. It's not just about academic excellence anymore—it's about nurturing well-rounded individuals who are equipped to face life's challenges head-on.

Damon Harris
11 Jan 2022
5 min read