Mental Health in School

Sarah Banitt, Writer and Editor

        Did you know that academic stress can lead to anxiety and depression? I am one of many people who experiences lots of stress in school. If you also feel this way, you’re definitely not alone. Additionally, there are even more things to worry about now that we are going through a pandemic. There are many stresses in everyday life; especially in school. In this article you will learn some interesting facts on teen’s mental health, hear your peer’s views on topics within stress and school, and learn some important tools to better cope and deal with anxiety and stress.

        Firstly, there are many resources that show how school affects mental health. It can affect a person’s energy level, mental ability, concentration, and many other daily necessities, as said in’s article on consequences of student mental health issues. Also, during the years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Psychological association reported 81% of kids ages 13-17  have gone through severe stress. Many people went through numerous changes and faced many unknowns during last school year and this school year.

        To better understand this information I interviewed a student from LSHS to hear their point of view on mental health and stress in school and in everyday life. They claimed that they put on a “happy front” at school but actually feel quite overwhelmed and stressed most days. They said that tests make those feelings more intense to the point where it’s hard to focus and write. But, they have ways to cope with that stress such as listening to music, working out, making lists, and coloring.

        Even though stress and anxiety are hard to function with, there are some resources you can use to make life a bit easier. Firstly, you could make a list of things you need to get done. Even though it is important to get your work done, it is also important to take breaks and recuperate. In school, you can drink water, take deep breaths, and doodle or do something to keep your brain busy. If you can’t calm down and if you are about to have an anxiety attack, you can ask your teacher if you could go into the hall for a couple minutes.

        Many people struggle with stress and mental health. Even if you’re a hard-working student you should remember to take time for yourself. Now that you’ve learned some interesting facts, heard a student’s point of view, and have learned some coping tools, I hope that you can become a stronger and calmer student.