Written by: Grace Moore
The month of May is known as mental health awareness month. But what is it?
As defined by MentalHealth.gov, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Mental health is important for a variety of reasons. In an article written by Dr.Glen Xiong, he outlines numerous reasons to care for your mental health, including:
•It can promote productivity in activities such as work, school or caregiving.
•It plays an important role in the health of your relationships
•It allows you to adapt to changes in your life and cope with adversity.
But let’s focus on mental health in America: it is a growing crisis that needs to be addressed. March of 2020 was the first month since 2002 that there has not been a school shooting in the US. And that was because schools completely shut down across the entire country.
Yes, better gun control is part of the solution. But even that plays back to mental health. To buy a gun in our country there NEEDS to be mental health checks as well as those on an individual's background. Ultimately mental health needs to be checked on in schools. Kids are walking around the halls with undiagnosed and unchecked mental disorders feeling like nobody understands them. Society is telling boys that to have emotion is to be “unmanly”, and the vast majority of school shooters are male. All of this MUST change in order to save the lives of children across the country. This isn’t about politics or second amendment rights. This is about REAL lives of REAL kids who are just beginning to live.