According to Center of Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight children aged between 3-8 years are experiencing behavioral, mental, and developmental disorder globally.
The National Report of Mental Health states that the condition with the youths aged between 13-18 years is also similar.
Education institutes are considered as the second zone of socialization, growth, and development for children. The rise in demand for mental health course has made the educators emphasis more on the physical health education. As a result, physical health education continues to grow as a part of school curriculum.
Today’s Indian education industry is constantly trying to enhance the mental well-being of students for a healthier and brighter future. Here are few tips for promoting good mental health at your institutes.
Promote positive mental health through programs
The growing burden of mental illness in the age group of 15-25 globally has brought mental health into the big screen. The current rate of psychiatric disorders in India is 12.5% among children aged 1-16 and 12% among 5-17 years old.
Educators can introduce school-based and linked programs which are developed for the purpose of early intervention, crisis prevention, promotion of positive social and emotional development, and treatment among the children.
Mental health activities
Mental health activities have been integrated into the Indian school curriculum since the early 90’s. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also emphasized the need for such mental health activities.
Educators can introduce awareness programs which can talk about the mental health issue and its causes among the students. Through such activities, they can educate students about its early symptoms, precautions, and care.
Hire a counselor
Hiring a professional counselor could turn out to be your best decision as an educator. Depending upon the level of education of a student, counselor’s role might vary. However, most of the counselors cover major segments including working with students who need guidance, managing their behavior, improving a child’s academic performance, and planning their future.
A counselor can also help you to create a healthy and productive environment by working with administrators, teachers, and parents, building your brand image.