Mental health of students

Mental health issues in students has a big effect on the way they think and perform in school and life in general. Stress and anxiety can cause lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and reduced productivity. (Photo courtesy of Jannah Said)

High school students have learned to cope with stress because it is almost always going to come up. Some stressors are worse than others, and people may not notice that they are stressed. Most times it is not taken very seriously because of how often people hear about or experience being stressed. 

In high school, stress can be caused in many ways: romantic relationships, social acceptance, maintaining good grades, preparing for college, parental pressure, etc. Different people struggle with different things most of the time, but there are common stress factors that all high schoolers deal with.

At Leesville Road High School, one of the counselor is Dr. Jessica Huber. She deals with very severe issues (the most extreme cases) in students and talks with approximately 10 students a day. “School is a part of most of the students’ issues, but it is not the main thing with everyone I see. It does play a part especially when personal life and at home affect your school work,” said Huber. “Most adults struggle with mental health issues also but they try to keep it inside.” 

Schools contribute to the stress of students’ in a large way. ”Schools could help [students] by providing resources and outlets for students, opportunities in school, a mindfulness room or yoga in school because some students don’t have access to things like that outside of school,” said Dr. Huber.

Facts About Stress:

  • Stress can cause things such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
  • Everyday there is a new student struggling with some kind of stress or anxiety problem.
  • 49% of students reported being stressed on a daily basis. Studies made by NYU have seen that over the past 5 years stress rates have gone up.
  • 60% of females have reported being stressed vs 41% of males


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