Maintaining Mental Health This School Year
Araz Asherian, reporter
What do you think of when someone mentions health? Do you think of diets, physical physique, or workout regiments? While all those are correct, there is another aspect of health that is often overlooked: mental health. "Mental health is the state of [a person's] condition in regards to mental and emotional wellbeing," said Business and Digital Media Counselor Benjamin Martin.
Depending on the student, mental health could improve or decline during distance learning. Some students may face heightened anxiety or depression. This could be caused by the stress of online learning, isolation, or the toxicity of their home life. Both intense anxiety and depression can be a gateway to other disorders and illnesses, such as eating disorders, insomnia, substance abuse, or in severe cases, suicide. On the flip side, "those who enjoy solitude...or cope with social anxiety, their mental state will improve," said Dr. Martin. Students can identify if their mental health is declining if they find themselves having more and more negative or harmful thoughts.
Ignoring the warning signs of declining mental health is extremely dangerous. There are various methods and activities for students to participate in to cope with or maintain mental health. "Some of the things that I do to maintain my mental health is yoga, listen to music, and watch TV or Youtube," said sophomore Julia Johnson. Other things students can do to cope are; read, exercise, or clean.
If none of these prove useful, it is recommended to seek professional help. The school has counselors who are willing to listen and help. Another option is to speak to a trusted adult, family member, or friend. If needed, contact the number below for help.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Photo Credit: Araz Asherian
Photo Caption: Some students find distance learning to be far more frustrating and stressful.