Did you know that in the
past year it was estimated that 43.7 million adults (18 and older) in the U.S
had a mental health illness that affected them. That number is 18.6
percent of our population in the U.S. Last
week, was Mental Health Awareness Week. In reflection to that week, this blog
post will be focusing on the importance of educating and being aware of this
As agriculture teachers, we are not only educators. We are coaches, advisors, and of course role models in our students lives. We get to see them every day which is a perfect opportunity to observe their behaviors. The fact that the percentage represents such a young population, we can make it our duty to catch this early on before it turns into a problem later on in our students lives.
Please help spread awareness and educate people about Mental Health Illnesses. Maybe you are the one person who can help change someone’s life! If you would like more information, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has some great resources: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=mental_illness_awareness_week