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senate Bill S. 195

Do Schools Need More Federal Support For Youth Mental Health Programs?

Argument in favor

Mental health services are essential in helping children and teens battle mental illness. It’s absolutely necessary that the government support schools in stepping up efforts to foster mental health.

Jacq's Opinion
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02/19/2019
Nothing happens in a vacuum. If we continue to neglect investing in mental health, wide spread consequences will continue to manifest. To say “it’s up to the family” lacks insight; Even households with good incomes and private insurance have difficulty accessing needed mental health services. Preventative mental health is much more cost-effective than sweeping it under the rug. Research shows success with minimizing mental health symptoms with non-targeted (universal) interventions in a school setting. If you don’t care about suicide, remember that homicide is also a mental health concern (e.g. school shootings). Want to minimize harm? Invest in mental health. Sincerely, A mental health professional
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Argument opposed

Schools should focus on academics, not on mental health. If children are mentally ill, it’s the parents business to help their child get help — not the government’s.

David's Opinion
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05/24/2015
It is past time to get the federal government out of the schools!
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJanuary 31st, 2013
    Is it not the duty of a government to care for the wellbeing of its citizens?? Why are we letting these problems fester and grow as the student ages instead of solving the problem at the root?? If we remain blind to the struggles our youth face today and instead cross our fingers and "hope" that all turns out well. We are then using hope as a tactic and will surely come to regret it in the years to come.
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    Nothing happens in a vacuum. If we continue to neglect investing in mental health, wide spread consequences will continue to manifest. To say “it’s up to the family” lacks insight; Even households with good incomes and private insurance have difficulty accessing needed mental health services. Preventative mental health is much more cost-effective than sweeping it under the rug. Research shows success with minimizing mental health symptoms with non-targeted (universal) interventions in a school setting. If you don’t care about suicide, remember that homicide is also a mental health concern (e.g. school shootings). Want to minimize harm? Invest in mental health. Sincerely, A mental health professional
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    It is past time to get the federal government out of the schools!
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    Not a function of the federal government.
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