The Effect of Education on Mental Health

What impact does education have on the mental health of our Nitro community?


Ilona Serobyan, Staff Writer

On our campus, it is crucial to comprehend how our education may be impacting our mental wellness. Although it may appear that education only provides benefits for students, few adults are actually aware of the negative effects that it may have on students of various ages and mindsets. 

Speaking with people who have different perspectives and attitudes can be stressful and challenging, especially for those who have a lot of communication difficulties. Additionally, you can meet a lot of people who fall into those categories at our school. 

Numerous difficulties that negatively affect student learning arise in schools every day. Although it is frequently challenging, administrators and teachers strive hard to overcome these obstacles. Regardless of the tactics used by schools, there are some factors that are probably never going to go away. Many students experience stress during the school day, and poor instructors can be a major contributor to this. 

Negative teacher attitudes have been linked to increased psychiatric diseases and physical signs of stress in kids, according to recent studies. A child may feel denigrated by teachers who utilize sarcasm or humiliation. In some instances, a student’s feelings of anxiousness may become so intense, due to unfavorable instructor attitudes, that they may display physical symptoms.

Additional variables, like the federal and state governments’ demands for various resources from students and teachers, may also add to students’ stress over the course of the school day. The amount of money required for various school activities may also discourage students from taking advantage of them. A lot of students frequently struggle with money, even for basic necessities. 

In addition, a number of other items can stress out children, because they cost money, including textbooks, school supplies, laptops, and field trips. Not all parents have the financial means to cover every expense. Naturally, this might make students feel awful, because they are witnessing their friends being able to afford an item or activity that they are unable to. While some schools may offer financial aid to needy families, these programs are not always as beneficial as they might seem.

Furthermore, the daily trip for students who live far from school may also be physically and mentally draining for them. In turn, this makes it more difficult for students to concentrate on studying after they arrive home. Due to travel, their lifestyle may be busier and more hectic, unlike students who live closer to the school. 

Teachers often criticize and scold students for arriving late in the mornings, but they fail to recognize the stress that their students may be experiencing every morning. Therefore, kids who live far from school may find it physically and mentally difficult to make that regular commute. 

It is critical to understand how our education may affect the mental health of our everyday school community. Few individuals are genuinely aware of the detrimental impact that education may have on students, despite the appearance that it exclusively benefits them. Our new Glen Wellness Center might provide help in this area, but our teachers also should be more aware of the stress that their classes are causing for their students.