WARNING: This article talks about Female Hysteria, Depression, and Mental Health within the Education system and if students are safe.
Mental health problems have been on the rise over the past three to five years according to mental health specialists. However, it’s not the problems that are on the rise, it’s the number of people being diagnosed.
In today’s society, we have the capability of diagnosing most illnesses, disorders, and mental health issues that we weren’t able to around twenty years ago. After all, in the 60’s female hysteria was still diagnosable – now, however, it is diagnosed as Depression, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Conversion Disorder, and Anxiety among many others.
So, with the knowledge of understanding some of the brains functions and ‘malfunctions’, we are now able to diagnose and treat them, causing more people to be diagnosed because there is now a diagnosis for the different ways a brain wires itself – there is more and more people being diagnosed. It’s like suggesting people never had Autism before it was being called Autism in 1940’s American Hospitals. It happened, these illnesses have always been here – they’re just diagnosable now.
On another note, colleges and the UK education system has come under fire this week after admitting that many colleges and school have been referring mentally unstable students to A&E due to their lack of being able to cope with the rise of mental health problems.
However, their comments don’t quite make sense – as I stated earlier, mental health problems are not on the rise, the diagnoses of people with them are on the rise due to us knowing what to diagnose them with. But the colleges and schools have admitted that 60% of them don’t even have a full-time counsellor and/or mental health worker – meaning most students don’t have access to help, leading the school to tell the students to go to A&E – which could cause a lot of problems if that student has self-harm problems or suicidal tendencies alongside their mental health issues.
So, not only are the schools not offering full support to mental health students, but they’re also putting their students in more danger of becoming iller.
According to most schools, they have had to lose their counsellor or mental health worker due to funding cuts. Which also sounds pretty ridiculous.
A lot of people don’t seem to understand how dangerous an uncontrolled mental health can be. When mental health isn’t looked after and held in check, it tends to worsen, which can cause multiple problems, to name a few: lack of self esteem; lowered confidence level; forms of self harm such as drug abuse, self infliction of pain, over eating or starving themselves; it can also lead to sucidical thoughts. Most people ignore mental health as something that’s just in their head but it’s much worse than that.
Your brain controls all bodily functions, and when it is wired in a different way compared to what is seen as normal, it can cause certain issues. For example, people with Depression may seem okay, but can often be set back due to their illness due to Depression causing the suffer to feel fatigue, lacking motivation, and down to a point where they can’t enjoy the good things in life like a pretty sunset. All of this, in a student’s mind, can cause them to fall behind on their studies and even fail courses due to lacking the support they need to live.
Now, the question people need to ask is: Can these schools and colleges actually take care of students if they don’t have the correct facilities?
Can they take care of students even though they’re having to tell their students to go to a third party source for help due to not having the facilities to help them in the safe envinroment that schools are supposed to be?
From what I’ve seen, heard, and witnessed – I don’t think they are. More funding needs to be put into mental health within the education system as well as within the NHS.
Mental Health is just as important as someone’s physical health, and recognising that is the first step to ending the stigma.