Adolescents, defined as children and teenagers from ages 10-19, are among the biggest group of people at risk in the United States for disease, substance abuse, relationship violence and mental health conditions. However, a number of these problems can be easily prevented ––and if they have already begun to occur –– easily treated. This series of images gives a deep look into the risk factors adolescents in the United States face and the consequences that can happen if they are inflicted with them.
EAST LANSING – Anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts plague Michigan State students at a higher rate compared to other universities, according to a new report from Keeling and Associates. But while thousands of Spartans suffer, the campus counseling center remains “critically” understaffed. Music education major, Shannon Moore, knows this first-hand. “I’ve always been a really anxious person,” said Moore. “My professor suggested that I go to the Counseling Center, but when I got there, [the counselor] was like ‘Oh, well, I won’t be able to see you for another couple of weeks.’
By Madison Morse
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
Imagine not being able to use your legs or living in a state of anxiety that could lead to a panic attack at any moment. These are just some of the struggles students are having to face every single day. However, Grand Ledge Public Schools is on a mission to help these students by offering personalized amenities to their school system. According to Hayes Middle School Principal Mike Johnson, Grand Ledge has and will continue to make any necessary building changes to provide to those who need physical assistance. “We have added hands-free doors, handicapped spaces and in the last few years it was realized that we needed to construct cut-outs to the ends of sidewalks so any student in a wheelchair would be able to access the sidewalks as well,” Johnson said.
EAST LANSING– East Lansing High School administrators are taking decisive action on mental and emotional health in the wake of the two students who recently died by suicide. The high school consulted Michigan State Counseling Services about how to move forward. Additionally, the high school recruited Ele’s Place, a non-profit that offers emotional support to grieving children and families, to offer six weeks of counseling and intervention to students. Ele’s Place and Michigan State Counseling Services both declined to comment. Principal Coby Fletcher outlined his intentions moving forward in a letter to parents Feb.
GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future. Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students. “Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said.