The Educator: Dial back the temperature on students’ mental health

Monday 22 Jul

By Jane Mueller. Published by The Educator on 19 July 2019.

We all know the story of the frog in the boiling water. The premise is that, if you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water it will immediately acknowledge the danger and jump out. However, if you toss a frog into a pot of room temperature water and slowly heat the pot, the frog will adjust to the increasing temperature and gradually be boiled to death.

In its Mental Health of Children and Adolescents report, the Department of Health reported that, in 2014, almost one in seven Australian children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 years experienced a mental disorder. While a follow-up study has not yet been undertaken, it is believed this figure has escalated since that time and we now hear the words ‘mental health crisis’ in mainstream media. Here, we find ourselves in a pot on a stove and it’s heating up.

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