Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

May 02, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Ellen '19 shared the following email with the full school, and has kindly agreed for it to be reposted here.

Hi everyone!

This is just a reminder that May is mental health month! This is a great time for increased awareness and discussions about mental health both within our community and on a global level. While there has been a great deal of progress within the past decade in terms of mental health, the stigma is still very much present and incredibly damaging.

Here are some statistics (https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers):

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year
  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life
  • Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14­–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, the links below are great resources. The more we talk about mental health, the more we normalize it. 

Written by Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

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