Mental Illness & Your Students: How You Can Make a Difference
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(VPK-12 and Pre-Service Teachers/Early Career) One in five students have a mental illness and fifty percent of lifetime mental illnesses show signs by age fourteen. If untreated or misdiagnosed, these students are more likely to be bullied, drop out of school, turn to drugs and/or alcohol, and end their lives by suicide. Every day, sixteen teenagers die by suicide, 2439 attempt suicide, and 90% of those teenagers had a mental illness. We are losing our future generation of leaders, doctors, mothers, fathers, police officers, scientists, and more. We can change this and help our children face a future of hope, potential and dreams.
Tracey Maxfield, RN. is a nurse with over thirty-five years of experience, an author, and mental health and anti-bullying advocate and educator. She recently completed the ‘Bringing Mental Health to Schools’ course and has appeared on numerous podcasts, live radio shows, and ABC/NBC News television shows.