Kathleen Michigan

Creating a Better Future for Children and Teens

Dear Future President,

I believe that there should be more awareness and help given to children who have mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, etc. Having a mental health issue is awful to go through, but going through it alone is devastating. There should be more awareness and support given to these young children and teens.

I have always had anxiety but over the summer my anxiety got worse and I experienced my first panic attack. I am extremely lucky that I have people who support me and I can talk to, but some people don’t and that is a problem that needs to be fixed. Experiencing a panic attack is very scary, and I don’t have them often, but when I do I can’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have my parents to talk to and to help calm me down. I want everyone to be able to have the support I have.

According to the NCCP, approximately 20 percent of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder and amongst those 20 percent, 70 percent don’t receive care. The number of people not receiving care is far too high to not do something about. There are so many children who are suffering all around the world and we need to do something about it.

One way to help this problem is to have more awareness for mental Illnesses. Having more awareness and acceptance for mental health could make kids feel more comfortable with speaking out about their problems and getting help. Another way to help with this problem is to have more support at schools, this way if students with mental illnesses don’t have anyone to talk to at home, they can have someone to talk to at school. We can do this by making sure every school has good guidance counselors that kids can talk to and that kids are aware they have someone to talk to at school.

In conclusion, young kids and teens with mental illnesses need to have more support and help given to them. We can do this by having more awareness for these kids and having support given at school. Thank you for reading this, and congratulations on becoming President!


Kathleen A

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