High school is stressful. Mental health days could help.

 High school is stressful. Mental health days could help.

Being a high school student is rocky. I think we can all agree on that.

These days, it consists of trying to ace classes while balancing multiple responsibilities, like participation in after-school extracurriculars, sports teams and clubs. 

When I was in middle school, no one told me how stressful the transition to high school would be. (And if they did, I didn’t listen.) High school students and college students endure stress on a daily basis, and we’re rarely told to carve time out for our own well-being.

Harmonie Stewart

The University of Michigan and Detroit Public Schools Community District conducted a survey of Detroit students from 8th to 12th grade, more than 15,000 students. Around 56% of students reported having symptoms of anxiety, and 62% reported having symptoms of depression. Academic stress was the top mental health concern identified by students, followed by family stress. This prevents many students from performing at their full capacity in school.

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