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700 Students, 2 Councilors: A Problem

As a young person, the importance of mental health support in schools is something that I feel deeply passionate about. Growing up, I struggled with my own mental health issues and often felt alone and unsupported in my school environment. It was only when I received the right kind of support that I was able to begin to heal and thrive.

From my personal experience, I can attest to the fact that mental health issues can have a profound impact on a young person's life. It can affect their ability to learn, to form relationships, and to achieve their goals. It can also lead to feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and even suicide.

Despite the importance of mental health support, I know that many schools still lack the resources and support that students need. I can attest, at my high school for a class of over 700 youth, we have two councilors. Anyone who does not see that as a problem is part of the problem. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, and it is one that I believe that we as young people can help to change.

One of the most important things that we can do is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health support in schools. This means talking openly and honestly about our own experiences, and advocating for the kind of support that we need. We can also work to create safe and supportive school environments, where students feel comfortable talking about their mental health and where they know that they will be met with understanding and compassion.

Another important step is to advocate for increased funding for mental health support in schools. This means working with our school boards, community leaders, and policymakers to ensure that schools have the resources they need to provide mental health services to students. This can include funding for counseling services, mental health screenings, and suicide prevention programs.

In addition, we can also advocate for changes in school policies that will help to support students' mental health. This can include policies around bullying, stress management, and accommodations for students with mental health conditions. It can also include policies that support student's academic success, such as flexible schedules and extra time to complete assignments.

Lastly, I believe that it is important to educate ourselves and others on mental health, and advocate for early intervention and destigmatization of mental health. This can be done by educating ourselves on different mental health conditions and the signs and symptoms, and by encouraging our peers and friends to seek help if they are struggling.

In conclusion, the importance of mental health support in schools cannot be overstated. As young people, we have the power to make a difference in this area, by raising awareness, advocating for change, and working to create safe and supportive school environments. By doing so, we can help to ensure that all students have access to the mental health support they need, and that we all have the opportunity to thrive and reach our full potential.

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