Without a doubt, schools and their staff play a huge role in children’s lives. Often the adults in a child’s school life spend more time each day with our children than we do. Because one out of five children will experience mental illness, it is critical that parents and caregivers understand how a school can influence children’s mental health and, if necessary, provide support services for children experiencing mental illness.
Few people – if any – would argue that the mental health of our children is not important. Quite the opposite, children’s mental health can have a profound effect not only on their quality of life, but also on the quality of the communities that surround them. A happy, healthy child grows into a happy, healthy adult. Unfortunately, that future isn’t a guarantee for any child, and even less so for children experiencing mental illness.
The immediate effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are challenging enough for any child and family. The lack of attention, impulsivity, constant movement and other mental illness sign and symptoms can wreak havoc on a child’s life at home and at school, and make everyday activities escalate out of control.