Children And Youth Mental Health

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“When classroom instruction is combined with efforts to create environmental support and reinforcement from peers, family members, school personnel, health professionals, other concerned community members, and the media, there is an increased likelihood that students will adopt positive social and health practices” (Osher et al., 2002; Weissberg & Greenberg, 1998). Are Children and Youth Mental Health Issues Being Addressed? Literature Review School Based Mental Health in Canada Mental health issues affect regular attendance and relationships at school leading to poor academic (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012). School based mental health in Canada research was implemented to highlight the importance of schools for universal mental health promotion, and stigma reduction, as well as for early recognition of mental health problems (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012). The School based mental health in Canada research was able to cover all aspects of educational and awareness related to mental health. The research was able to recognize mental health and have children tested at a very early stage and parental support was provided when the child or youth was diagnosed with mental health (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012). The research was very successful as it was able to reach out to the students in the school setting and the parents and caregivers accepted the research as it made easy availability and accessibility to treatment plans at no cost and reduced stigma (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012). The School based mental health in Canada is a model based on ‘Holism’, where the school staff, parents, caregivers, professional and community came together develop the treatment plan and the required serv... ... middle of paper ... ...rder. Self-stigma is the behaviours internalized by the individual suffering from mental health (Link, Cullen, Struening & Strout, 1989), and self-stigma can bring feeling of shame to the individual who might discontinue with the treatment which can lead to very poor results (Perlick, Rosenheck, Clarkin, Sirey et al., 1999). Parents whose children received diagnosis and were offered services within the school system showed positive behaviour and attitude towards mental health and the willingness to learn and how to move forward (Myers & Twenge, 2013). The research was able to accomplish that treatment is effective when family is involved and creating awareness and education among family members. Bring parents, family, school staff and community to the school based mental health intervention helped create a positive behaviour and attitude amongest them (McLeod, 2014).
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