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Changes need in mental health education in New York


FILE. Letter writer says, 'Schools must teach children from a young age about mental health problems, how to tell if people around them may be suffering and how to get help.' (Stacey Lauren/Times Union Archive)

FILE. Letter writer says, ‘Schools must teach children from a young age about mental health problems, how to tell if people around them may be suffering and how to get help.’ (Stacey Lauren/Times Union Archive)

STACEY LAUREN


Every year, millions of children suffering from mental health issues go untreated. However, a few policy changes in New York state would make a difference.

We need change in mental health education. Schools must teach children from a young age about mental health problems, how to tell if people around them may be suffering and how to get help. If elementary school students learn about depression and anxiety alongside personal hygiene and safety, the stigma surrounding mental health will decrease.

Parental consent should not be required for minors to receive help. Parents do not always know what is best for their children. Even when a child seeks help for mental health issues, they might not receive it because of a parent’s beliefs. Therefore, we must require all public schools to have trained mental health professionals on staff. While already in effect at many schools, making this a requirement would get help for many students.

All minors should have access to free treatment for all health issues. Why, in one of the richest countries in the world, can the quality of a child’s treatment be determined by their parents’ financial situation? Even if one believes that people should have to pay for treatment, a minor not old enough to hold a job should not be given worse or no treatment just based on their situation at birth.

With these changes, our state can be an easier place to live for the millions of young people suffering from problems out of their control.

Zachary Novkov-Bloom

Albany



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