Education is one of the most prominent industries in the entire world. It has been this way for a long time now. Throughout the many decades that the education industry has been predominantly thriving and rising, there have been many stages of evolution which the industry has navigated its way through with relative ease. Of course, this has not always been the case, and in fact there are a few evolutionary movements that the academic industry has not yet been able to overcome, not in the slightest. One of them happens to unfortunately be the duty of care that the industry has to ensure the health and wellbeing of its students (and even its educators) is not in jeopardy.
Mental health rises to epidemic proportions
Over the years, education has been one of the many homes to a rising trend that is anything but positive. Mental health has always been a taboo subject, and in the case of the links between education and mental health, it is a taboo subject that has recently reached all new heights. Of course, this has been a slow burn, but there can be no denying that education is even today still dealing with epidemic levels of mental health struggles. All too often, students and educators alike are faced with immensely challenging semesters and calendar years, and the result of that is that they are cracking under the pressure. More and more lives are negatively impacted – and even lost – as that pressure continues to mount.
The ways that students are finding solace in crowded spaces
For the students who struggle with their mental health, there are ways that they find to hold their heads above the rising current swirling inside them. From making the decision of, “should I find someone else to write my paper to lessen the load?”, to going to campus (or off-campus) therapy sessions that seek to change the way that they experience the world, to every possible decision or process you can possibly imagine, students today who are dealing with mental health struggles are having to think outside the box to find the assistance they so desperately need. That is never the approach that should be allowed or otherwise tolerated.
How education is finally stepping up to the plate
Now, at long last, schools around the globe are finally stepping up to the plate, ready and able to make big moves regarding mental health discussions and movements. The stigma that has long been attached to mental health in education is finally dissipating, and not at a moment too soon. Already so many lives have been negatively impacted – and even lost. The time for change was yesterday, but alas it is better to be advocating and making active and consistent moves for change than it is to sit back and continue to watch the statistics rise, and the problem continue to worsen. This is the revolutionary movement, the one that is set to change the nature of the relationship between education and mental health forever.