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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.”

Secret Teacher: why can’t I tell pupils about my eating disorder?

A teacher in recovery from her own eating disorder is concerned about how much she can reach out to students. “When I am genuinely worried I follow protocol and inform pastoral staff within the school. But I also want to tell them that I know what it’s like and that you can come out the other side. The problem is I don’t know how much I can say.”

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.”

#MyYoungerSelf Toolkit for Educators

“As part of our mission to decrease stigma and fear surrounding mental health and learning disorders, the Child Mind Institute asked more than 30 prominent people — from actors to athletes to business leaders — to make videos sharing their personal experiences about growing up with these challenges.”

Changemaker Awards: Active Minds, for Fighting Stigma on Campus

“This network of student-run groups has over 400 sites on high school and college campuses across the country that are fighting Distorted Perceptions by “promoting awareness of mental health, supporting students who are struggling, and help connecting them to counseling. They are changing the environment on campuses by welcoming students to share their suffering and seek help.’”