How students with mental health problems do they live their return to school? How can we better support? After interested in reinstatement to the Quebec school students who had leukemia, Professor Anne-Marie Tougas wants to know more on the reintegration of young people with mental health problems, young people who generally arouse less sympathy that students who have a disease like cancer.
The goal is to reach establish guidelines that would assist the progress of these young people.
In the case of school reintegration of a child who has a “chronic” disease, it is rather well marked, she notes. “There is abundant literature, recommendations, analysis. ”
“There are very few existing tags to guide stakeholders should support students and their families in the transition from hospital to school. “How should the teacher address the issue, does it speak? The questions are many. “There are all kinds of questions we try to answer, to understand the needs. We want to identify promising interventions. We want to set the table for a practical guide. ”
Anne-Marie Tougas is interested in children aged 7 to 17 who have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders.
“We do not find much information about the children,” she said, stressing that we find much more on adolescents. Professor focuses on young people who have been individualized health interventions that will ensure that young people will be absent from school.
“It requires speakers from different backgrounds to work together to set up things for back to school is doing well. You really there is close collaboration between the two media. ”
Mental health problems never get really alone.
“A physical disease, it hits us, just by chance, but in the case of mental illness, the young may have a history, a particular family situation that he developed vulnerabilities. ”
What is the prevalence of youth with mental health problems?
Studies show that between 14% and 25% of Canadian children and youth are struggling with major mental health problems, representing more than 800 000 young people in Canada, according to a report from the Commission of Mental Health Canada dating back to 2013.
Students who fought leukemia elicit sympathy from their peers and sometimes can be seen as heroes; the perception is different for young people with mental health problems. Simple reflection of the perception of the general public toward mental illness? Yes, but there is still an opening more and more attached to these disorders, she believes.
“It will make it harder sympathy or opening, these are students who drag a heavy historical issues. ”
“Sometimes the relationship between the school and the student has eroded” before any interventions are made in the health care environment, observes Ms Tougas.
Ms. Tougas working with a committee of stakeholders in the Eastern Townships, especially from the middle of the health and social services.