I stumbled across a posting recently on the blog site What Bec Has to Say that struck a chord with me. I found the following excerpt from this article especially interesting given that I have experienced first-hand the treatment of teachers suffering from Depression and the indifference from education authorities towards students battling Depression and anxiety disorders in Queensland schools:
“And we need to address these issues at schools, children aren’t stupid and these issues have an impact on them too, and they’re seeing it and experiencing it either in their lives directly or through other kids lives or n the media, we need to equip them not only to be able to deal with it but also to help ending the stigma associated with these issues. Parents need help addressing these issues and I think schools can help them get that foothold…There are ways of talking about issues that all kids will be able to grasp the basic issue. The world has changed and whether we like it or not adult issues are effecting our kids, they’re no longer shielded from major issues like these like many of us were when we were younger. Kids have to deal with a lot these days and we need to stop acting like they don’t know what’s going on, because they so do, and if we don’t give them the facts and they tools to deal with them then we are doing them a great disservice.”
As Bec quite rightly points out, we need to do much more in addressing the issue of Depression and suicide in schools. At the moment, there is a real fear of even mentioning suicide, let alone engaging in any meaningful discussion about Depression, anxiety or mental illness in a broader context. Furthermore, the lack of support for young people in schools suffering Depression, anxiety and mental illness is a disgrace, so let’s hope that education authorities start to take this issue seriously before it is too late.
To read the full post from What Bec Has to Say, click here.