Stop Telling Students They’re Messed Up and Start Doing Something About It

“We definitely need to continue the mental health awareness efforts that are being done by amazing organizations. We also need to go further. Most organizations and campuses have been focused on training faculty, parents and students on what to do when someone has a mental health challenge, but typically the only thing we tell someone who is experiencing a problem is to seek help.  In some ways this is like telling everyone what to do when someone has a heart condition without giving the person with the condition any idea of what they can do for themselves. Mental health has to be the only public health issue where we attempt to prepare everyone for a crisis and don’t give the individuals who are experiencing the problems the tools they need to address their mental health.”

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Source: Huffington Post by Ross Szabo

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