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How Teachers Shape Student Mental Health

How Teachers Shape Student Mental Health

Student mental health needs are not adequately considered in school policy which restrict a teacher's role in student mental health. This must change.

Teachers shape student mental health because they’re often the first adult a student reaches for when they’re in emotional pain. But teachers don’t have the power to help individual students with their mental health (as per school policy and the teacher’s educational background). But it’s time to improve the educational system and acknowledge the important role teachers play in their students’ mental health.

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The Future of Mental Health Education

The Future of Mental Health Education

We need to make mental health education mandatory in public schools. Healthy adults start in the classroom, and there's no reason why the US can't do it.

The future of mental health education is, unsurprisingly, a popular topic here at HealthyPlace. That’s because it’s largely absent from the national curriculum, even though nearly 20% of children show signs of mental illness each year. 1 Approximately 60% of those children don’t receive mental health treatment. The future of mental health education is important.

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What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

I wish my loved ones knew some things about my mental health, but I haven't been entirely truthful about it. If you love me, here's what I wish you knew.I wish my loved ones knew certain things about my mental health. But explaining mental illness to someone who doesn’t have it can feel impossible, especially when it comes to family members and close friends. We want our loved ones to support us without judgement, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Here’s what I wish my loved ones knew about my mental health.

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About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith, author of 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation', shares her diagnosis of borderline as a youth and how she's overcoming her mental illness.I’m Mel Lee-Smith, and I’m excited to join the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012 when I was 18 years old. Like many borderlines, my teenage years were troubled. I grew up in a poor family; I was bullied throughout my school years for my looks; I struggled with self-harm, a poor self-image and the absence of my biological father. To cope – or perhaps distract – I engaged in impulsive, promiscuous, and dangerous habits. Despite all that, I made it my goal to get out and make a better life for myself.

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Why Gratitude Is Good for Our Mental Health

Why Gratitude Is Good for Our Mental Health

There are a variety of reasons why gratitude is good for our mental health. Gratitude simply means expressing feelings of thankfulness. During depressive episodes or in moments of deep despair it can be discouraging when people encourage you to be grateful for all you have. It causes feelings of guilt on the behalf of the depressed person. Mental health conditions such as depression or bipolar affect all types of people. Although a person’s life may be filled with riches it does not eliminate the effects of depression. Nevertheless, our mental health can be helped with gratitude.

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Phone Applications (Apps) and Their Effect on Mental Health

Phone Applications (Apps) and Their Effect on Mental Health

As a Millennial and mental health advocate, it is important to learn about technological advancements such as phone applications (apps) and their effect on mental health. There are new developments in science and technology aiding those struggling with a mental health condition (Time for Tech in Depression Treatment). Phone applications and newer technologies are proof that more attention is being paid to mental health and the need for mental health funding and awareness. Check out these apps for your phone that can aid in good mental health.

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Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting weight gain on psychiatric medications is a major problem for many people consuming these types of medicines (Weight Gain in a Pill). It is almost as if the more your mental health improves, the more weight you gain. However, psychiatric medication weight gain can be coped with.

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Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

In a society that demands a perfect body and a perfect mind, it is no surprise to understand why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder. The lack of knowledge people have about mental health leads to minimal support for those struggling with a mental health condition. This is a challenge for many young adults who receive a diagnosis in which they know little to nothing about. The stigma of mental illness and the treatment for mental health conditions are two main reasons why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder.

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Understanding a Friend with Depression and How to Help

Understanding a Friend with Depression and How to Help

Understanding a friend with depression can seem impossible. But you can learn to understand depression and the effect it has on a friend with these tips.

Healthy friendships have a positive effect on a person’s mental health and understanding how to help a friend with depression are beneficial for both individuals. When a person struggles with depression, friends take a backseat during these low periods. Friends play an important role in our lives, and there are a variety of ways to help (Depression Poem for a Friend). It shows that depression not only affects the person struggling but those around them as well. This is why understanding a friend with depression and knowing how to help is important to maintaining a healthy friendship. The first step is learning what depression is and how it affects someone.

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Weighing in on Body Shaming on Social Media

Weighing in on Body Shaming on Social Media

Body shaming on social media damages mental health. Whether you're body shaming yourself or another, stop. Here are ideas on how to end body shaming.

Body shaming, seen daily on social media, has a heavy impact on mental health. In modern day society, it seems nearly impossible to avoid society’s version of the ideal body. Body shaming consists of criticizing our own bodies and/or criticizing the bodies of others. In the magazines, on television, and on social media, people who do not fit the idea of the perfect body face scrutiny and abuse. Social media often impacts mental health through body shaming.

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