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Mental Illness has surrounded the world in recent years. Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, etc. It can affect everybody around the world no matter who they are. Mental illness can effect children all the way to the elderly, however it affects teenagers the most. According to teenmentalhealth.org over twenty percent of teenagers in the U.S. alone are effected by mental illness.

According to the mental health counselor at North, Jody, “Students with mental illness struggle with school work more. There’s a lot of stigma about mental health, people think they are making it up or pitying them. Especially their parents.” People with mental health are just that, people. Unfortunately lots of people think they are broken or defective. Even teachers some times have this opinion. “Teachers should be more prepared for mental health. They shouldn’t over react, and they should be very aware.”  Everybody needs to be more educated about mental health. Weather it be your friend or your family, being educated helps them the most. Also, never be afraid to call hotlines, such as the national suicide prevention hotline. Their number is 1-800-273-8255, and you can call them 24 hours a day.

Jody has a degree in clinical health counseling and psychology he is currently the mental health councilor at North Medford High School. You can make an appointment by asking Deb Ingledew in the student center, and if the door is ever open just walk in. His office has his name beside the door, but if you don’t know where it is you can just ask somebody in the office. It doesn’t matter if you don’t suffer from mental illness. If you just need help talking, you can make an appointment. He can help any student.

 

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