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Senior High Students' Mental Health - Bruises

"The bruises on the body do not hurt. It is the heart's wounds and the mind's scars." Aisha Mirza's

 

Mental health issues affect not only adults but also our senior high school students, especially when Pandemic Covid-19 strikes. Mental health issues can have a negative impact on a student's energy level, concentration, dependability, mental ability, and optimism, resulting in poor performance. So being affected by these kinds of factors when our Mental Health was shattered is merely a glimpse of its significance. While children are more vulnerable to these harms, there is still a lack of unified and comprehensive strategies to address the deterioration of Filipino children's mental health. And as individuals who are far more capable of controlling emotions, we should also be on the lookout for them in this manner.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant global impact on the lives and education of more than 1.6 billion students at its peak (UNESCO 2021). To combat the pandemic, the United States, like many other countries, has implemented a policy of school lockdowns beginning in mid-March 2020. The first country to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was China. As a result, several studies examining the impact of the pandemic on students' mental health have been published. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hou et al. (2020) talk about the problem of mental health issues and suicidality among Chinese senior high school students. Their study included 859 high school students (61.4% male and 79.4% under the age of 16). Depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and suicidal attempt rates were 71, 54.5, 85.5, 31.3, and 7.5%, respectively. Similar findings were made in the Philippines, a developing country with limited resources. Children in the Philippines were at a higher risk of poor mental health than adults, owing in part to their shift to online learning modalities during the pandemic (Malolos et al., 2021).

There are numerous causes of mental health problems, particularly for our Senior High School Students, which paved the way for them to experience various worries, fear, and anxiety in education, especially since we experienced the Covid- 19 Pandemic and are still on the verge of the new normal. We can't imagine what these students were thinking when they decided to wake up every day and spend their time outside the house when they were previously capable of doing so inside. These transitions had an effect on their health, not only mentally, but also physically. According to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly one-third of people with long-term physical health problems also have a mental disorder, most commonly depression or anxiety. Furthermore, because our bodies and minds are not separate, it is not surprising that mental illness can affect your body. Anxiety and depression can both cause headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems, whereas depression can cause nausea. Insomnia, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating are some of the other symptoms. Especially when the students had so much to think about at the time, such as studies, Covid-19 when they got home, worrying it might harm their loved ones, and future worries of whether or not this pandemic could spread any further, their burden of thoughts would be reduced.

           

            We don't want to subject our bodies and minds to the agony of these Mental Health Situations, and having a mental health problem doesn't mean you'll grow a physical health problem. So, before it happens, there are things you can do to improve your chances of remaining physically and mentally healthy. The most important ways to do so could be Mental Health Equity and Support System. According to the standards, organizations must provide effective, fair and equal, understandable, and considerate quality care and services capable of responding to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred cultures, health literacy, and other communication needs. As far as a support system, which states that an individual going through something should have a network of people who can provide you with practical or emotional support. These systems of support can help you improve your overall health, physical or mental, and have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Towards Health Equity, After all, it's difficult to be healthy if you don't have access to good jobs, schools, and safe, affordable housing. Health equity entails expanding opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest possible life, regardless of who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. Individuality does not only refer to people of this culture, but it also refers to how everyone was in the same situation and should have a better future ahead of them.

Furthermore, being able to use your energy to go to school can cause your body to lose nutrients. Sugar and processed foods, according to Sutter Health (2022), can cause inflammation throughout the body and brain, which may contribute to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. When we're stressed or depressed, we often reach for processed foods for a quick pick-me-up. And, given the high stakes of stress in school, being able to take note of the experience of not eating before working or studying is not recommendable. Furthermore, it stated that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, can help improve your mental health.

            High school students face intense competition in taking difficult courses and tasks, accumulating impressive extracurriculars, studying for and passing college placement tests, and making important and life-changing decisions for their future. At the same time, they must navigate the social challenges of high school while also enjoying their lives. They have a lot on their plates, and worrying will not help. However, being able to control their emotions, thoughts, and unnecessary activities by balancing it and doing much more of what they truly enjoy may reduce their risk of developing mental disorders.

Mental Health may not be obtainable to everyone in this generation, particularly our parents gneration, but mental health institutions are doing everything they can to break down stereotypes about these issues. It is critical to remember that stress, worries, and anxiety are not universal. It may require some trial and error to determine what works best for you. Again, a good place to start is to make sure you're taking care of yourself physically and emotionally, and to experiment with different stress relief strategies to see what works best for you. The most important thing is to seek professional help if stress and anxiety are causing distress or making it difficult to function in your daily life. Even your schools have resources that can help, such as in-person and online mental health services. You could begin by discussing your stress with your school counselor or student advisor. You can also speak with a parent, another responsible adult, or your doctor.

Always remember, these bruises will come out at their darkest color, but it will heal and your true skin will show off again. It’s okay, not the be okay. And it’s okay to have bruises because it will heal eventually.

References:

Eating Well for Mental Health | Sutter Health. (n.d.). Sutter Health. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from https://www.sutterhealth.org/health/nutrition/eating-well-for-mental-health

Education: from school closure to recovery. (2022, October 21). UNESCO. https://www.unesco.org/en/covid-19/education-response

Physical health and mental health. (n.d.). Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/a-z-topics/physical-health-and-mental-health

The Mental Health of High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (2021). Frontiers. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2021.719539/full