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How Mental Health and Academics are Intertwined

Research suggests that positive mental health is associated with stronger academic achievement. Both the terms are interconnected. Mental illness impacts school performance and reduces the quality of life; likewise, bad academic performance can result in poor mental health in the absence of proper psychological help. Children and adolescents need hope, and we should recognize the importance of addressing mental health issues, both for academic purposes and help students realize a brighter future for themselves. Students often face unprecedented challenges, such as the impact of social media on the teenage mind; therefore, we need to acknowledge the growing rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and suicide among teens. 

Including psychologists for mental health education, psychological services, and adult counseling is an important necessity in today’s basic curriculum. Educating children about mental health issues and teaching them how to recognize signs, symptoms in themselves and friends before a crisis or tragedy occurs. Social media remarks can be devastating to an adolescent and affect his/her self-esteem, relationships, and emotional development because students feel this constant pressure to maintain their image on social media to equate their popularity with their self-worth. Lack of enough sleep affects their mental health and ability to perform academically. Over-packed schedules limit the amount of time they have to sleep because they are too busy studying or participating in extracurricular activities. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of experiencing mental health problems, poor grades, and suicidal thoughts. We should ensure physical activity to boost self-esteem, increase concentration, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and thereby improve academic performance. When a teen feels depressed or anxious, they might withdraw from peers; neglect their responsibilities because it is hard to concentrate on their studies.

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Poor mental health has a direct impact on Academics. It decreases attendance rates, reduces self-confidence, impairs the ability to concentrate, hurts grades, and discourages continuing education. Guardians should make mental health education necessary, appoint psychologists and psychiatrists, create an environment free of stigma, offer mental health screening, ensure enough sleep, make exercise part of the day, offer mindfulness training and encourage students to take technology breaks. Promising a healthy mental state for a student can easily result in proper academic success and thereby continuity of mental peace and happiness is ensured.

Debjit Bhowal

Author: Debjit Bhowal

I'm a Mechanical Engineer who is currently working with Lido Learning as an Online Tutor for Maths and Science. I plan to study and acquire my Ph.D. degree next.

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