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Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school

Heinemeyer, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6300-5544 (2018) Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school. The Conversation.

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After the recent report by The Children’s Society that a quarter of 14-year-old girls have self-harmed, many campaigners have called for the root causes of the adolescent mental health crisis to be tackled – rather than just firefighting the symptoms. While the root causes may include fundamental characteristics of our neoliberal economy, beyond the scope of schools to address, there are ways the education system could move beyondd firefighting. My experience as a storyteller and community artist working with young people suggests that a key action may be to reverse the shrinkage of the 'youth public sphere'. That is, by increasing the amount of time and space within schools and other youth institutions for pupil-directed, non-assessed activity overseen by caring adults, such as through the arts.

Item Type: Other
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental health
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3400

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