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Schools play a powerful role in fighting distorted perceptions around mental health and addiction! The Child Mind Institute reports that school based anti-stigma programs not only improve mental health attitudes by 68%, but that these positive attitudes actually increase treatment-seeking behavior in adolescents. 

How pupil power makes schools more open about mental health issues

“With one in 10 children between the ages of five and 16 dealing with diagnosable mental health issues, it’s not enough to simply educate teachers. Students also need to be empowered on the issues and take the lead in helping build a safe and open environment for discussion of mental health in schools.”

Reducing The Stigma Of Mental Illness So Students Get The Help They Need

Mental health advocate Chris Brownson discusses mental health stigma and believes that “We have the opportunity to change the culture of stigma in mental illness by educating, creating awareness among teachers, empowering school counselors, and being role models for our students.”

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“A final piece of the puzzle is the need to overcome the societal stigma of addiction. ‘If you talk to kids in recovery, they will tell you the first time they felt… not necessarily singled out for having a substance use disorder is when they arrived at a recovery school.’”

How to Address Mental Health Issues In The Family With Your Children

Resources to Recover talks about the importance of “being patient and learning to communicate the challenges the family member is facing,” providing children with the tools and support to cope with the experiences, and monitoring their well-being throughout the process.