Can we "immunize" our kids against Addiction and Mental illness?
Vaccination has proven to save lives. Can we immunize against Addiction and Mental illness?
Nadar asked some excellent questions!!
"...So does anyone have any ideas? With all the apps, websites and blogs, is there any effective answer to the question of countering self-harm that has plagued Humankind forever? Would it be focused family upbringing? Sure. But obviously that leaves out many people who do not have that good fortune...." http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c5cfd22327c3214afb5955d02&id=56a69c5f6a&e=730d49fb1f
Yes indeed, our Health Care Systems is fighting a losing battle --- against whom?
Nader suggest the fight is really against a legion of "self-harm", "addictions" wrought by profit driven corporations. Except for those with good fortune of having some equivalent of a "focused family upbringing", the rest are helplessly at risk.
If it is knowledge and understanding that is badly needed for those who are less fortunate, why not bring the battle into the classrooms in elementary schools; lets vaccinate the children against addiction and mental illness.
Offer classes and workshops on addiction and mental health (and other aspect of health and life-skills)
Examples for Elementary school: "why do kids bully?", "why do my parents yell at me?", "Why should we be polite and listen?", "What happens to the food we eat?"...
Examples Post-elementary School: "Why do I get nervous", "Why do I get sad", "Why do I get so angry?", "why do some kids hurt themselves?", "What is panic disorder?", "why do I have a headache?", "Why is Math important to me"
Bring the best educators, speakers, artists, entertainers, courses and workshops to the classrooms with online, appropriate medium and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses).
Train the teachers to be facilitators and allow the students to learn from the best with the best tools and from each other through workshops and role playing.
Finally improve the process by following the real data; let the kids decide which method is better...Cream rises to the top.
Should such a "immunization" program be implemented?
If so, how?