Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 – Not Your Typical Mental Health Essay

Name: Kalene Mitchell

Not Your Typical Mental Health Essay

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Essay


a nation, we are dealing with a bigger problem than just the addition
we see on the news. The addition crisis is causing the rate of
unemployed to increase, the price of the substances is becoming
cheaper and easier to obtain, one of the major concerns is that there
is no cross-referencing from one pharmacy to another and one
physician to another. In addition, it is a societal- wide shame, that
we in the year of 2020, we are still using mental health issues as a
weakness. When we speak about mental health diagnoses, people view
that as a weakness in a person. No matter how hard they struggle and
battle to work through their mental health disorder, they are still
viewed as their disorder. This translates to the school system too,
which is the first place this should be addressed. Working in a
special education school, where young adults that are growing and
learning to become successful members of society, the substance abuse
issue is a disruption in my ability to teach my students. Teaching
students with a disability is a challenge, however teaching students
with a disability who also have a parent or family member that is
addicted to a substance, is something that is rarely thought about
and addressed. My job is to teach these students to become
functioning adults; to find a job, to save money, to do good in the
world. What I cannot teach them, is that we are in the middle of an
addition crisis that they may encounter, at work, at home in their
neighborhood, at the store, or at a restaurant. Students with
disabilities require more time, more patience, and differentiated
instructional techniques, and in most cases parents with addition
cannot provided these essential learning tools. The remedy for this
crisis to start teaching the consequences, the signs, and the
destruction that addition can case at an early age. We, as special
education teachers, need to be given a curriculum that teaches what
D.A.R.E., programs for mainstream school- aged children, teaches, but
in a more simplified way. We need picture support stories, we need
social-emotional supplemented visuals and cue cards, and we need
support in teaching a topic that is cure, hard, and an unthinkable
topic to touch on for most.