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Teachable Moments: Mental Health


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

The mental health of adolescents remains a serious and growing problem. In 2021, 42% of high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless, up from 26% in 2009.

While there are many contributing factors to this crisis, we know that regular exercise can reduce stress. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends adolescents get an hour of exercise every day. In addition to reducing sedentary time, limiting the use of electronic devices and encouraging unstructured play or other strategies linked to better mental health and young people.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.