How we support young people once a student is struggling with their mental health and not able to attend school is critical. How we build mental wellness protective factors, develop needs-based educational models, and create proactive and preventative approaches to supporting young people with school phobia disabilities is at the heart of upstream prevention and our values of “building a world worth living in.”
The topic of school phobia and “refusal” is one of the most pressing issues in youth mental health and suicide prevention.
A significant number of students lose:
- their education,
- future potential in education, employment, and life,
- peer and school support networks
Risk factors for suicidality, incarceration, poverty, and other negative outcomes increase with absence from school.
It is time to break the silence on this societal, structural, and systemic issue affecting students with mental health disabilities.