Letters: CPS should use federal assistance to provide support for students' mental health

Letters: CPS should use federal assistance to provide support for students' mental health

“I just need a break!” my friends and I would say over FaceTime. “I wish we could just have one day a week with no homework.” The weight of junior year was pressing down on us hard. The administrators at my school addressed these issues lightly. They thought they were dealing with mental health with three mental health awareness events during one week. After everything we had been through, they thought three days of discussion would be enough to check that issue off the list. One student anonymously posted in our weekly newsletter: “Many students, including myself, are falling into terrible mental states during this time, even without school. It’s hard to be expected to produce the exact same, if not more work than we’ve had to give in person. ... Truly if anything at all can be done to alleviate the most stressful time of our lives, please do it.” My principal’s response is not surprising given the lack of training, education and understanding about mental illness in Chicago Public Schools. While the lack of mental health resources has …
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