It might surprise you to know that teens ranging in ages 13-18 are currently suffering from some type of mental health issue. If you are a parent of a teen with a mental health issue, you are well aware of the difficulties in dealing with mental health issues in school. Raising a teen with a mental illness can be one of the most heartbreaking and frustrating paths a parent must walk down. Add constant frustration with the school system over your child’s educational career and you have the perfect storm of angst.
Your child needs and deserves to be educated. In fact, it’s your child’s right. So why is this so hard to accomplish when your teen’s mental health issues impact their daily school life? If you’ve been to your school to meet with officials over your teen’s mental health issues for the umpteenth time, take heart. We have some suggestions that just might make it more manageable.
Dealing With Mental Health Issues In School Is Nothing New
It may seem that teens are suffering from mental health issues now more than ever but that may or may not be actually true. It could be that we, as a society at-large, are just more in-tune to mental health issues in teens more than ever. Still, there are current stressors in a child’s life that were not there before. Social media and technology adds to difficulties with teens who struggle with mental health issues and unfortunately provides better, faster ways to be bullied by peers and withdraw from their families. Too many teens are disappearing into a screen for escape instead of dealing with life.
Whether you are in the camp of mental health issues in teens becoming a crisis or believe in the theory that we’re just paying more attention to symptoms in teens in general, the fact still remains that dealing with mental health issues in school is still nothing new. The problem is, who’s job is it in the school to follow teens with mental health issues and make sure they are managing their diagnosis and the stress of school and teen life to the best of their abilities?
Not Collaborating On Changes Will Result In Cyclical Decompensation In Mental Health
One of the most challenging things about mental health patients in general is that they tend to seek treatment from more than one professional. Often, the communication between allied care professionals only really happens when the patient winds up in the hospital or in need of some other type of crisis intervention.
Sad to say, the mental health profession is falling down on being able to keep real-time, accurate information flowing between all the professionals that serve one individual. With teens, you add the school system into the mix and it’s no wonder school officials are at their wit’s end. A school system that feels out of options and parents that need the school system to find a solution to educate their child is what fuels the need for education attorneys.
It is better for all involved in the well being of a teen with mental health issues to be able to note any changes in behavior or social interactions and report those to everyone responsible for the care and education of the teen. With earlier notification and collaboration, there is much more opportunity to head off troubling symptoms at the pass and potentially avoid hospitalization and missed school days.
Real-Time Collaboration For Specialists, Educators And Parents Is Here
Imagine a scenario where the school, the psychiatrist, therapist, parents and even the teen could all meet on one secure, cloud-based platform to review records, clinical notes and chat together about process, and potential issues at hand? The future is now. All notes, records, progress notes, medication changes, even notes from the teen or parent can now be effectively collaborated on across all channels of mental health and education that are involved in your teen’s success.
Getting off the phone and email, negating the need for endless, frustrating meetings with school officials in favor of one place to meet online to collaborate on the future of your teen’s life and how to manage their mental health diagnosis. Sound too good to be true? Get on to eCareVault and find out now. The only thing you have to lose is frustration and time and peace to gain.