In the United States, more than one in five teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 struggle with mental health issues, but schools often prioritize addressing visible signs of distress over silent suffering. This is particularly true in middle and high school, where students are taught how to handle harmful social media posts but little is done to support those who are silently dealing with mental health challenges.

In Ohio, students are required to watch the Sandy Hook “See Something, Say Something” video each semester as part of their curriculum. However, these videos do not meet the needs of students who are silently struggling with mental health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 42% of students experience persistent sadness or hopelessness, which affects their behavior and well-being.

Schools often claim to care about their students’ well-being, but real care for their mental and physical health requires a change in approach. One way to improve student well-being is by starting school later. Research shows that as teenagers get older, they get less sleep, which can negatively impact their mental health. By starting school later, students have more time to rest – especially those who are involved in extracurricular activities or part-time jobs – allowing them to feel more rested and better able to focus on their studies academically and emotionally.

Aubrianna Spears from Jackson Township argues that schools need to prioritize the mental health of their students by addressing the needs of those who are silently struggling rather than just focusing on visible signs of distress. Starting school later is just one way to improve student well-being – but it’s a start towards creating a culture where all students feel supported and valued regardless of their struggles with mental health issues.

By Samantha Johnson

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