Dylan Ferniany, Ed.D. in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Mental health is certainly a major factor contributing to school shooting. Oftentimes educators are ill-equipped with the very real psychiatric needs some students have. Schools should employ mental health professionals but under-resourced schools generally do not have access to experts with the kind of knowledge needed to deal with student's mental health issues. School counselors are often tasked with assessment, college prep and application, and a host of other responsibilities that inhibit their ability to address the needs of mental health in students. Schools often have to seek out external organizations to help with this need. Mental health, unfortunately, comes with stigmas that may prevent people from getting treatment for potentially serious illness. Schools are under-resourced in their ability to deal with these problems, but we should take a serious look as a society about what we are prioritizing and begin to address these issues in our schools in a proactive, rather than re-active approach.