Redirecting funds | Letter

There has been a recent influx of publicity about mental health treatment and awareness, but I believe that neither the schools, nor the community and its programs, are ready to take on such a big challenge.

While efforts are necessary to ensure accessible and comprehensive treatment for those already in the system, early intervention is prevention in most cases, and stopping mental health problems in their tracks through schooling is how this epidemic will be helped, according to Forbes magazine.

Our governor has realized this, but the funds seem to be misguided. He is planning on giving $155 million to schools to increase the number of mental health professionals on school campuses. However, even my peers in high school find it difficult to verbalize their mental health issues to each other, let alone to an adult in a school system.

This is due to lack of education about the illnesses themselves, not the lack of adults to speak with.

I believe this funding should be redirected to focus on K-12 curriculum programs that teach about mental illnesses in healthy ways. This would empower many students to get help faster and would solve some of the community’s most pressing youth mental health needs.

Trisha Dani


More in Letters to the Editor

Use your voice | Letter

Excellent reporting on the Margins program from Mercer Island High School (Reporter,… Continue reading

Safe teen drivers | Letter

As school gets out for the summer, I’d like to stress the… Continue reading

Alternative to Sammamish River Trail | Letter

The proposed King County improvements to the Sammamish River Trail should be… Continue reading

In the hands of voters | Letter

Every voter in the state of Washington should be furious with the… Continue reading

A humanitarian crisis | Letter

Hundreds killed or injured. Many raped. Bodies found in the Nile. Sudan… Continue reading

Redirecting funds | Letter

There has been a recent influx of publicity about mental health treatment… Continue reading

Making a difference | Letter

Willie Dickerson makes an excellent point regarding homelessness (Reporter, May 24). Those… Continue reading

Take action against climate change | Letter

The human impact of climate change anxiety was discussed by University of… Continue reading

Thank you Hiruko | Letter

Ashley Hiruko’s detailed story (“Susan’s quest for justice and the civil legal… Continue reading

An eye opener | Letter

I was quite taken by the article “Susan’s quest for justice, the… Continue reading

An idea worth encouraging | Letter

Hopeful news that numbers of homelessness people finally seems to decreasing (“Homelessness… Continue reading

A letter to Bothell Police Chief Cummings | Letter

Car accidents happen. I get that. What I don’t get is the… Continue reading