Mental illness is becoming an increasingly large issue across the United States, specifically among teenagers and young adults. For years, mental illness has held a stigma which has prevented many from seeking the treatment, resources and support they needed. The following paper discusses the importance of early identification, prevention and treatment for mental illness and how school counselors and teachers can work together to support children and adolescents in fighting the onset of borderline personality disorder, severe depression and bi-polar disorder. Specifically, this paper discusses what school counselors can do to be part of this important movement by providing education on mental illness awareness, facilitating support groups, individual counseling and incorporating the Adlerian principals of social interest, and encouragement in their daily work.
Mental Illness in At-Risk Adolescents: Identification and Prevention Methods for School Counselors and Teachers
Christina R. Gekas
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