Students perspective

Mary-Grace Graham, Staff Reporter

The students expressed mixed emotions about the new mental health course mandated by the state. While some enjoyed the first session and found it beneficial, many felt otherwise. A variety of students gave their honest opinion about the course and how to possibly improve it.

Spreading Awareness- Students listen intently during their second session of the mental health course. While it is technology based, homeroom teachers guide students through the online course. “A mental health course of some sort should be and now is mandated into every single school in the state of Florida.”  said sophomore Gollamudi.

Senior Julianna Miller voiced her views on this topic. Overall, she found the first session boring. She said the reason for this might have been that her teacher was as uneducated on this topic as the students might have been. As the sessions go on, however, the students and the teacher will become more familiar with the program and it will all run more smoothly and effectively.

“I think it’ll have a good effect on the students, if they teach it right,” said Miller.

On the other hand, junior Elaana Jaworski enjoyed the course and found it very beneficial. Though there were some flaws, there was nothing major that she disliked after the first session of the mental health course.  Overall, she learned a lot but just wished the course went more into detail about everything.

“I like it, personally.  I just wish it was more in depth,” stated Jaworski, “All those long paragraphs and everything… I don’t like,” Jaworski went on to say.

In addition, more insight was given by sophomore Destin Gollamudi. Like the others, Gollamudi was quick to give his honest advice on how to possibly improve this new state-mandated course. He would have gotten a lot more out of the first session if it had run more smoothly. Gollamudi thought the course was needed due to the increase in school shootings, especially in the state of Florida. However, he believed teaching students about their mental health could be approached in a different way.

“My homeroom teacher didn’t know how to work the software and we got through a fourth [of the session], so I didn’t learn much,” said Gollamudi. “Maybe not making it a computer-based course, but having an actual person that knows how to talk about [mental health] and mentor multiple classes at once, possibly.”

Furthermore, freshman Elijah Hager thought the first section was monotonous. Like Gollamudi, he thought that there were better ways to approach the topic, leading to better results in the mental health awareness of students. While he thought this way, he agreed that the course was definitely a must-have in the state of Florida.

“Its almost factory like,” said Elijah Hager. “It would be more helpful if they made everyone aware of factors or symptoms of kids who are depressed or have mental problems and then make them tell an administrator, and the administrators need to act.”

All in all, the students gave lots of insight concerning the mental health awareness course. Much of this information was helpful and could possibly be used to improve way this information is taught. All of the students agreed that the course was not, in fact, useless but very much needed and would eventually prove to be useful in the future.