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Starting School Later: The Key to Boosting Mental Health in Ohio Students

Schools need to prioritize and enhance support for students’ mental health

Starting School Later: The Key to Boosting Mental Health in Ohio Students

In Ohio, schools often focus on addressing harmful social media posts and students who pose a threat to themselves or others rather than those who silently battle with mental health issues. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42% of students feel persistently sad or hopeless and nearly 29% of students and adults have experienced poor mental health. These statistics highlight the need for schools to take steps to improve the support and resources available to students struggling silently with mental health issues.

One potential way to enhance the well-being of these students is by starting school at a later time. Research shows that a significant percentage of teens do not get enough sleep, especially as they get older and are dealing with sports, jobs, and heavy homework loads. Starting school later in the morning can help students to get more rest and improve their mental health overall.

Aubrianna Spears, a student in Jackson Township, emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the mental health of all students in the school setting. She believes that schools should focus on creating a supportive and inclusive environment for their students by providing guidance for those silently struggling with mental health issues. By doing so, schools can create a culture where all students feel heard and supported, regardless of their struggles with mental health.

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