Mental Health Access and Public Schools
Category: Adult Primary Care, Behavioral Health Services
By: Brianna DAlessio South, Marketing Specialist
Mental health access and the awareness for help is shockingly limited for school kids. A new illustration by NPR outlines how public schools are struggling to help kids who need mental health treatment. One out of five of the 50 million public school kids exhibit signs of a mental health disorder, including depression, and anxiety. Mental disorders dramatically affect a child’s ability to learn.
There are little to no mental health trainings for teachers, the biggest influencer in a student’s life. Counselors may serve as a support, but they are inundated with almost 500 students per one counselor. The resources are pennies, so the students suffer.
Check out this spectacular visual illustration of the mental health challenge in our schools.
As NPR says, “In schools, mental health should be everybody’s job.”