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Sandusky, OH: "Mental health schooling" is necessary

June 5, 2018, Sandusky (OH) Register: Where do we teach children coping skills? http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201805240016 In the wake of this year’s deadly school shootings, people are terrified. Students wonder if their school will be next, and they wonder who will commit the crime. It does not have to be that way…. However, students still are having trouble coping with bullying, rejection and other adolescent struggles. Perry lost six to suicide in six months; Parkland, Fla., lost 17 to a shooter; Santa Fe, Texas, lost 10 students this month. I wouldn’t argue that the shooters are mentally ill with the little information I have about them; I will argue that they lacked efficient coping skills to deal with the problems associated with being a teenager in the information era. … Is mental health something that we leave to parents? Parents have traditionally been good at teaching coping skills and other life lessons. Parents are even a means to cope for children that need to talk before they act. This option is free and wouldn’t cost taxpayers much at all; however, parents would need to agree on how they want their children to cope/be mentally healthy, and not all parents are mental health professionals. Can we teach coping in schools? Starting early enough, we could teach students dialectical and cognitive therapy skills at a young age. Although it isn’t something I would assign a grade to, mental health classes would educate children on how to cope healthily. …Although it would be expensive for taxpayers, mental health schooling becomes more necessary as more schools lose students to shooters. …