QUOTES & STORIES
AS A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, I'M VOTING YES TO KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE...
I’m writing in support of the override as a clinical social worker who has spent her career working with children and families. I cannot express the importance of teachers in the early identification of mental health issues enough. Kids spend most of their time at school and in classrooms. Not everyone has equal access to quality healthcare in order to obtain mental health services for a plethora of reasons. All children, however, go to school. Teachers are often the first people to identify at-risk youth and help them get the services they need. Eliminating teachers would be tremendously harmful educationally, but it could also be dangerous from a mental health perspective. A few less teachers means a few less teachers to notice the child who seems abnormally withdrawn lately. A few less teachers means a few less teachers to witness a child being bullied or being the bully. A few less teachers means a few less teachers to identify any child who expresses violent sentiments. Increasing class size means taxing our teachers who are already spread thin. We all know our teachers educate our children. But in these scary times, schools also play a vital role in identifying the children we need to help as early as possible. We need more, not less, eyes on our struggling children now more than ever. I’m voting yes for many, many reasons, but as a mental health professional, I’m voting yes to keep our kids safe.