Statistics show that an average of 1 in 5 youth have seriously considered taking their own life in the past year alone. More than half of them consumed by online searches on the web or social media platforms for relatable information and most of whom, sadly choosing to never share their thoughts of suicide with anyone.
I’m pretty sure that after the last 2 years many (if not most) parents are excitedly getting ready for some semblance of normalcy as the new school year gets underway, but keep in mind that there are many children who are not necessarily feeling that same abundance of excitement; and it’s not because of school itself.
Mental health issues cause millions of kids every year to not want to be at school therefore it is crucial, now more than ever, for our school communities and classroom settings to create an open dialog around suicide and suicidal ideations by ensuring that there are enough supports in place for when they need it the most, especially for the children who may not be able to find support at home.
Let’s keep reminding ourselves that our children’s mental health is more important than anything, especially their grades; and that our kids always know that even broken crayons hold value and purpose in this world and that they can still create the most beautiful pictures with them.
What is something you feel should be taught in schools but isn’t?
Wishing all our kids, parents, teachers and school communities a successful year ahead.
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