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Linking Public Schools to the Mental Health Dialogue

On top of everything that one has to learn when caring for children with mental health issues, butting up against way-behind-the-curve school systems may be the worst. This major childhood institution has to be informed about signs and behaviors of the children (and parents) with MH problems so that all can be served. Our children are not bullies. Their struggle is unique and cannot be punished, suspended or shamed away. A parent's time can be better spent than educating everyone from the principal down to the school custodian about why their child acts in a certain way, and being swallowed up by procedures to collect data that take often years to arrive at a program that can help their child. And those children who have no one advocating for them deserve help that could change their lives forever, if schools were part of the solution instead of a barrier to understanding.

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Idea No. 44