July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Research done by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that despite advances in health equity, minority groups in the U.S. still have less access to mental health services and receive lower-quality care.
Summer is usually associated with freedom and happiness. However, summer can also be overwhelming and cause anxiety for many. Here are 10 ways you can help maintain your or your child’s mental health this summer.
The Uyeno Foundation seeks to fund initiatives that promote positive mental health through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education.
Many sports teams and professional athletes are shining a spotlight on mental health and working to help end the stigma. One team that is setting a good example is the Indianapolis Colts. They have created a campaign called "Kicking the Stigma."
The switch from in-person learning to “Zoom school” has been extremely difficult for many kids. The change has affected students of all ages, but it has had a major impact on high school and college seniors. Dr. Ludmila De Faria, a psychiatrist with Florida State University, says seniors are “mourning the loss of important developmental milestones they were supposed to be doing at this time in their lives” (NPR).
Schools act as a refuge for many kids in unsafe homes, and unfortunately, that refuge has been taken away for many kids due to virtual learning. Not only can school be a place for kids to escape an unsafe home, but it is also a place where teachers and staff can be made aware of a problem. This leaves children more vulnerable to harm, mental illness, and trauma.
Many students who were passionate about learning and planning for their futures are struggling to find the motivation for online school and are falling behind. Many students are falling behind in online learning. Reasons can be that the curriculum is either too easy and they lose the motivation or the curriculum does not fit their needs. Students struggle to keep up, or they do not have enough support at home and are unable to handle the independent learning style on their own.
The pandemic has brought “a tidal wave of need” for mental health support for school children. Throughout the United States, school districts have tried to keep up with the demand coming from desperate school children but continue to struggle to provide enough resources in an entirely new environment.