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  •  All this is kind of on the wrong track (6+ / 0-)

    The purpose for which there are school psychologists and psychiatrists whose services are available to students is that this is a time in people's lives that is most stressful.  This stress could bring out issues that could be dealt with for the future benefit of the student.

    It is about ensuring the success of students.  

    The greater emphasis really ought to be about strengthening the system that delivers that benefit because that is the only way these cases will be prevented.  We would much rather never hear about the semester in which some guy had a rocky time, but worked through it.  

    We would much rather never know how many such cases there are.  They should all be treated the same because after all, they are the same until some wildly spectacular and very unusual thing happens that causes everyone to pay attention.

    The one in a hundred million case is what we focus on, instead of focusing on how the system ought to operate and what for.

    The reason that a psychiatrist can report something that, in retrospect, looks alarming and it go unnoticed is because the level of suspicion was actually low.  

    The problem for most people is that mental illness is a very murky area with little about it that can be defining.  

    But if everyone focuses on searching for the next mass killer, it will all turn into a snipe hunt.

    The focus needs to be on improving the mental health system so that it works to accomplish the goals for which it is funded.  Then it will prevent more of these strange and outlier cases.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:02:23 AM PDT

    •  I can report one college student (10+ / 0-)

      who had a rocky start, sought help, and has turned it around.  The University made it a requirement for his continuation in a special program so the motivation was there, plus they had lots of support at home.

      I can report that a high school student was having some suicidal thoughts and a friend reported it.  The school acted quickly to get him help, but he was somewhat resistant.  He went to the sessions, felt a little better and then wanted to end them because 'going to a counselor' was not something he wanted friends to find out about.

      The stigma attached to seeking mental health care is still a big one.  Even if a patient seeks mental health care under a mandate, they can be resistant to it.  If they seek it on their own, they can be less resistant, but still put up barriers as many people are in denial.  

      My doctor was telling me yesterday that they found a high number of people actually smoked because they had a mild form of depression and nicotine makes it feel better.  This is why the current prescription treatment for it is actually an anti-depressant.  How many abuse drugs and alcohol because of underlying mental health issues?  Probably about 99.9%.

      Spending and more education on the benefits of mental healthcare could help alleviate a lot of our problems as a nation.  Then, once everyone who needs it can get help, start addressing the underlying reason for some mental illness.

      Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

      by whoknu on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:25:29 AM PDT

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      •  There should be massively greater amounts of... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...of public and private (i.e.: insurance co's, etc.) funds directed towards mental illness programs/issues in this country, IMHO. The fact that it's still stigmatized in society is, I'm sure, something that'll be looked back upon by future generations as a typical example of the barbarity of our (era) society.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 06:55:20 AM PDT

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