Depression can be overlooked in schools

More than three million people in the United States are reported having clinical depression every year. Despite this daunting number, schools still show lack of care towards the epidemic. Schools need to spread more awareness so that students can get help before it is too late.

In order to reduce the number of depressed students, perhaps guidance counselors could mandate check ups every two weeks. This might provide the chance to check and clear minds for negative emotions that could lead to a sense of learned helplessness, a term that has become familiar to some. If students get the opportunity to talk to someone about their troubles, they might feel better because they feel they matter.

Some may argue that schools will not be able to keep track of every student with these two-week check ups. For this reason, parents should also help by acting as primary counselors. Parents see their children every day, and children will likely feel more comfortable talking to them.

Schools could also put up motivational posters in the hallways. If a student is feeling down, they might feel better if they read a motivational quote. These posters will give students that extra push that they need to get through the day.

Contrary to popular belief, depression can actually be treated in many ways. Exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy foods are some easy ways to help cope with depression. If the depression is severe, a doctor or psychiatrist should be seen.