Indiana Area Senior High School

Mental health in schools: What more can be done?


The seemingly unstoppable growth of mental health crisis in society has the public education system in a tight spot.

Because of this, schools have been working to create a more extensive support system for students struggling with mental health. Though it is a limited system, IHS and its student body have been working incredibly hard to do this.

Through the guidance office and various parts of the student body, light is being shone on the current state of mental health and many activities are taking place to show endless support.  IHS’s leadership holds fundraisers and projects almost monthly for this cause. 

At IHS, there is a wide range of verbal support and guidance for all students. The school guidance office offers an open ear always and helps within the school itself. 

School counselor Mrs. Katie Smith states, “We make referrals to outside parties if issues go beyond our training. We also provide school-based counseling, which is when someone comes to our school to help.”

In-school therapy is an option for students that wish to speak to someone regularly–typically every Friday–within school hours. This can be a great opportunity to receive further counseling than what the school guidance can give.

Aside from the guidance center, IHS’s Leadership Seminar members, more specifically, the mental health committee, work hard to make sure all students feel heard and not alone in their struggles.

Several projects and fundraisers take place during the school year meant to shine a light on resources available to students.

Currently, the green bandana project has begun, representing those who are here to help and provide further resources to get outside help. Students may approach those wearing green bandanas around the school to get more information or help.

[Photo by Sky Stevens]

Sky Stevens


Sky is a senior and first-year reporter for the High Arrow. She is involved with the IHS Orchestra and has a passion for literature and arts, including journalistic and creative writing. She spends the majority of her time reading classic literature and practicing her writing skills.

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