A teacher would be able to identify any behavioral changes in students. Hence, appropriate training of teachers would play a crucial role in identifying mental health challenges in young adults. Community outreach and education are required to identify issues with an emphasis on referring the youth to supplementary in-depth assessment and care that would enable them to cope with mental health challenges. Effective funding is vital to arm stakeholders – parents, teachers, school leadership, friends, counsellors, etc with expertise and resources for determining and referring youth into required care. Extensive research is also needed to decrease the severity and extent of mental illness.
Once warning signs are observed, resources should be provided to parents, teachers, guardians, etc. to leverage comprehensive mental health services required to facilitate recovery. Access to sufficient care could decrease obstacles to learning and enhance educational, behavioral and health results for the youth. Effective collaboration across systems and funding sources would decrease the barriers.
According to researchers, early intervention could prevent substantial mental health issues from developing. Epidemiological research indicates the relationship between mental health problems and suicide, school dropout, substance abuse, etc. Research also confirms that effective treatment could decrease the risk of such consequences.
A well-developed pre-school based and school-based screening programs is crucial for Identifying mental health challenges in young adults. Since teachers interact with students regularly, they are usually in the best position to recognize early patterns of behavior that pose a threat to a student’s academic, social, emotional or behavioral wellbeing. Teachers and school administrators must communicate with the family in order to promote the students well being. If any health issues are observed, their concerns must be shared with parents on time. Parents must be counseled to seek help from a mental health professional concerning their child’s need for mental or other health care.
Mental health issues should be treated just like other health-related issues. Teachers and other school personnel should be trained to identify the early warning signs of mental health and to know the correct actions to take in informing parents and safeguarding the rights of young people. They should ensure strict confidentiality in compliance with relevant regulations and involve the parents in effective decision making.