Mental Health in Modern Education

Mental Health in Modern Education

Mental Health in Modern Education

Mental Health in Modern Education

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The attainment of mental health is a crucial problem at the present time. It has recently been estimated that in a single year one million persons received treatment in institutions and many others received treatment from private practitioners. Another survey showed that almost half of all the beds in our hospitals were occupied by psychotic patients. Some authorities estimate further that one person in twenty will sometime be admitted to a hospital because of a mental disorder and that another one in twenty will be temporarily incapacitated by emotional or nervous instability at some time in his life. Disability of this kind makes many persons temporary or permanent liabilities in society and affects in adverse ways the lives of many others. Since it is well established that many of these breakdowns could have been avoided by the provision of more desirable conditions in the home, community, or the school, it becomes the responsibility of these agencies to co-operate in preventing and alleviating personality disorder and emotional conflict. This yearbook suggests ways by which such objectives may be sought.

Mental health is a crucial need of teachers. Surveys have suggested that the incidence of emotional instability is as high among teachers as in other occupational groups. Moreover, studies have revealed that the frequency of personality disorder is very high among children in the classes of unstable teachers. Accordingly, the prevention and the development of improved conditions for teaching and learning are responsibilities of administrators, supervisors, educators -- to whom this volume is addressed.

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