Guidance teachers checking in

It should be mandatory for guidance teachers to check in on pupils (especially those with previous or current mental health issues) as it can be hard for a pupil to go and ask for help. This way they can get the help they need and it prevents the worsening of an illness and reduced risk of suicide attempts. A lot of students struggle with anxiety issues and cannot ask for help , but if they conversation is more direct to them it may be easier for them to talk about their struggles and worries.

Why the contribution is important

Students do not have to start the conversation if they have anxiety issues so they will be more comfortable. Students who suffer from depression (who also have suicidal thoughts) do not have to suffer in silence, as if asked about them they may find if easier to open up - therefore reducing the risk of suicide attempts. Pupils will feel more cared about if spoken to 1-1 and will find it easier to open up about what they are struggling with.

by romanscott on December 08, 2018 at 08:55AM

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  • Posted by Depressedperson December 14, 2018 at 15:23

    I agree!
  • Posted by Tynecastle11119 January 17, 2019 at 10:25

    Pupils at Tynecastle High School agreed with this idea.

    One pupil gave an example from her former school where all young people had a scheduled 15 minute chat with their guidance teacher once per month - which they could choose to use or not depending on how they were feeling.

    The group felt that this approach could be useful in bigger schools where it may be difficult for guidance teachers to have strong relationships with many pupils due to the amount of young people at larger schools.

    They felt that smaller schools had an advantage of enabling guidance teachers to be more visible and approachable to pupils.
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