Khawla Ali (Dubai)
The family is the primary nucleus responsible for children’s mental health, and is the social institution on which their well-being is based, as it constitutes the essence of their personality and the extension of their integrity or incorrect and psychological behaviour. No less important is the role of the school, in reorienting the student and correcting his path by providing an incubating educational environment capable of achieving mental health, which is an important element in building a healthy generation that is able to overcome difficulties, face his problems and build his future. How is student mental health achieved? What is the responsibility of the family and the role of the school in this? What do social workers and academic advisers say?
Social worker Fatima Al-Dhanhani explains that mental health represents a scientific basis on which the cohesion of society and its safety from mental disorders and behavioral deviations are based. The importance of mental health at school lies in understanding, monitoring and directing behavior, to make the student more capable of developing his energies and abilities. The impact of mental health on the student extends through understanding and comprehension of the lessons and therefore academic performance. The safety of the student’s mental health increases his self-esteem and self-esteem, supports his ability to make correct decisions and avoids dangerous behavior .
Al-Dhanhani said that there are internal reasons that negatively affect the student’s psyche, including his weak abilities and the effort he exerts, and educational difficulties that cause him anxiety and tension, which results in depression and hopelessness in dealing with others, and therefore the loss of the ability to concentrate.
Al-Dhanhani refers to the role of the school community in promoting the mental health of the student, through the teacher who can discover cases that need academic or social support, then comes the role of school counseling and guidance through social and psychological specialists who have the responsibility of spreading awareness of the values and social skills that students must have, and help them overcome learning difficulties, and find a policy of encouragement and discipline suitable for them, without forgetting the importance of activating activities, events and school trips that help improve the student’s psychology and improve his personal and social skills in dealing with others.
The importance of entertainment
Dr. Ahmed Al-Amoush, professor of sociology, believes that mental health enables the student to cope with academic pressures and improves his educational, social and cultural skills, as it is influenced by a group of surrounding factors, including disintegration of the family and the student’s exposure to abuse and violence at school among his classmates, which makes mental health a capable system to achieve the student’s well-being and happiness and improve his ability to adapt to his environment school. Foundations and controls must be established within the school environment to preserve the mental health of the student, with the importance of family participation to achieve this. Al-Amoush emphasizes the need to develop preventive mental health programs by holding lectures, organizing educational workshops, and motivating and encouraging students, with the entertainment component being an important part of this picture.
Fatima Al-Zaabi, a specialist in human development and self-development, confirms that school plays an important role in shaping the student’s personality. Since it is considered to be his or her second home and an extension of the family with all its positive aspects, it can work to correct the mistakes that the family sometimes makes towards children.
He says: The school plays a role in the student’s acquisition of psychological knowledge, skills and attitudes, which in turn help to shape their personal aspects, such as increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, and engaging them in activities extra-curriculars and programmes, such as volunteering and national, religious and social events at school or community level. The school also develops opportunities for him Social interaction with colleagues and with educational and administrative staff. The more the student feels secure and reassured by society, the more he is integrated with his classmates.
Communication and dialogue
The teacher Fatima Al-Hosani indicates that mental health is represented by the individual’s ability to adapt to himself and the society in which he lives, and to build positive relationships with others. School is also considered the most influential environment for students’ mental health after the family, and continuous communication and dialogue with students is important to give them space, it is safe to disclose their problems and help them solve them hand in hand with the school administration, as these are the future and the healthy seed to build a healthy, safe and positive society. Al Hosani believes the role begins with the teacher as the liaison between the student, school administration and family, and must streamline lessons and account for individual differences between students and support those with learning disabilities and take responsibility. their hand to overcome these difficulties and reward the illustrious by encouraging them to continue to excel.
Fatima Al Hosani talks about the importance of forming friendships among students and respecting each other, encouraging them to participate in competitive and recreational games that develop life skills, instill self-confidence and avoid isolation, so that they are not subjected to bullying and ridiculous. Parents should instill moral values in their children’s hearts, not discriminate against them, accompany them, talk to them, listen to their problems and solve them with modern scientific methods, as well as follow the school administration and teachers, know the education level of their children and the extent of their response within the classroom, with the need to move away from the politics of intimidation and violence, and follow the Lean policy and captivate them to study to achieve their goals.
Sheikha Al-Naqbi (a guardian) explains that the family is the fundamental nucleus for achieving mental health of their children, and advises parents to avoid domestic violence and take into account the changes their child is going through and contain them, so growing up in psychologically and socially stable conditions.
It underlines the need for the family to join the school to protect children from forms of psychological damage, without neglecting the role of the teacher, who has the great responsibility of making students more balanced and willing to learn, as well as identifying the reasons for the student’s academic failure, the isolation he can impose on himself, and his desire to withdraw from his peers.