Dear Cleveland. by Megan from Bay High School

Dear Cleveland, For a city that motivates youth and strives for change, there are injustice that each and every one of use face. Personally, I wish to see more talk […]

May 25, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

For a city that motivates youth and strives for change, there are injustice that each and every one of use face. Personally, I wish to see more talk of mental health. We don’t talk about our individual mental health enough. Teachers ask why I miss so much school or why I don’t pay attention but little do they know when they call on me, I am having a panic attack. The teachers don’t listen about how our lives affect our school work. Teachers ignore the fact that youth go through many issues such as anxiety, depression, issues at home and difficulties with friends. We need to change how we view mental health. We need to see ourselves as strong when dealing with mental health disorders for we are fighting not struggling. As for general mental health, school may be important but if we don’t feel safe or can’t make it through a day or feel broken when we are home or at school, that we should come first. My mental well-being determines my future and I wish educators and school systems understood. I wish society would understand and realize that we need to be open about mental health issues for we should hide our daily battles. We never know who we might help by speaking about what we go through and for that we become more aware and open up to the conversation.

Sincerely,

Megan

Bay High School