Schools are primary source of student mental health care

Many schools have become the de facto mental health providers for adolescents, and many are not prepared for the task. Those are the findings of a new report from the research and consulting firm EAB, released Thursday at the annual conference for the American Association of School Administrators.

Students are struggling with an increasing number of mental health issues, the EAB report says. Rates of anxiety, depression, and even suicide are going up among adolescents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or family income.

Thirty-five percent of 14- to 18-year olds have a mental health crisis each year, which includes self-injury, suicide ideation, or attempted suicide.

 

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