I bet no one has ever asked you to stop and think about mental health in a school environment. Well, I have been asked to do just that.
School is vicious. It is our enemy and our best friend all at the same time. We go through all our worst phases in school, and we find a piece of who we are. But, what does mental health have to do with school? See, imagine mental health as a fire. It is already bad by itself, it doesn’t need much to start it off. School is the fuel no one wants. In an environment that judges, challenges and pushes you constantly, it is a given school can feel like the loneliest place in the world. Yeah, despite being full of hundreds of people going through the same educational experience.
But it’s not all bad. With the right people and the right mind-set, school can actually tame the fire slightly. Your classmates, friends and teachers can be equally supporting as they can be annoying, and they don’t get given enough credit.
Sometimes, it feels like everyone around you is doing fine, and you are the only one drowning. But the truth is, mental health today is trending more so now than ever. And, it is not a bad thing. When one person realises they have a voice and they will be heard, more people follow. This is the trend I am willing to jump on. This is when those who feel like they are the only ones drowning, see behind all the facades their classmates are putting on. No one experiences the same thing, but we are all going through our own hell.
Thank you, to the first person who ever opened up. Mental health is no longer as stigmatised, and this is what we call the snowball effect. The first person started it off and ever since then, the snowball is growing bigger and bigger and bigger. We are more aware, more accepting and more understanding.
Of course, there is another side to it. But I am focusing on the positive, and that is, no one ever has to suffer in silence again. We are past that. So, I don’t know about you, but this is my favourite trend so far.