Today I am going to be discussing how the educational system failed me during my time of need in the most important two years of my whole school career. To read more of my mental health posts click here!
To the educational system,
For as long as I can remember school used to be my favourite place in the world. It was my safe haven. I had so many friends and I loved to learn new things. This was when I was still living in Dublin and had no idea what was going on in my house was wrong and not normal.
Moving to where I live now that all completely changed. I began to get bullied. I got punched, kicked, stabbed with pencils and so much more for practically two years. No matter how many times my mum and I went to the principal countless of times.
Do you think that stopped it?….
Nope. It didn’t. I was the one called out of class, made feel like I was the one getting in trouble. I was the one kicked out of class when the chair was pulled out from under me and I smashed my head off the chair and then the ground. The teacher told ME to shut up when I started crying.
Do you think this is right?
Because I sure as hell don’t think it is. Bullying is not right! It never will be right. Secondary school was even worse. The abuse in my family was getting even worse and I needed support in school. I was bullied each year by people I wasn’t friends with and then the group of friends I had turned against me because I had an argument with one person in the group.
I went to the principal over it and what did she say? Oh that’s right! I was overreacting. They went to the guidance counsellor about me and made up a bunch of lies, I got hit with bags as I walked through the school halls, I got people turned against me for no reason and so much more shit.
Bullying isn’t even my main point that I want to discuss.
Mental health is the main issue I am going to discuss. Like I previously mentioned my home situation wasn’t normal. I was in an abusive household that was run by my abusive father. As I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and my mum and father were going through a viscous court battle. I was a complete mess.
I couldn’t go to school, my grades were dropping, I couldn’t concentrate and I was missing a whole lot of school. My mum had spoken to all my teachers, my principal, deputy principal and my year head. Even after all of this I still got called out of class to say I was missing too many days. I’d get snarky comments from teachers when I would have to go to school because my mum convinced me to go. I was struggling and I got no help from anyone except my year head who done everything in her power to help me.
Mental health affects so many young adults nowadays and schools need to be able to support their students. I didn’t receive any support in the school I was in. Teachers need to be more understanding with students. The guidance counsellor at my school was no help at all. She was supposed to be there to help me prepare for college and also help me get through my tough times but she didn’t.
Things need to change for students suffering with mental health. They need to have someone that will listen and understand them. Don’t let them suffer alone, I beg this of you. Don’t let them fight these demons on their own. Promote positivity towards mental health, check in on your students and let them know you are there for them.
Things need to change NOW! The educational system towards mental health is a joke. People need help not to be brushed under the carpet. There is more than one way to get an education.
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