Student mental health is a top-of-mind issue for every school district in the country. Recent surveys show superintendents in every state identify “adolescents in crisis” as a top-three concern in their schools, and serious mental-health-related crises now affect more than a third of adolescents in America. The number of students in crisis reflects worsening trends: rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise among teens of all demographics and household income levels. While some question if the statistics merely indicate an increase in reporting, the prevalence of suicide and self-harm indicate that we are truly seeing a growing number of students experiencing crises.
Are School Districts the Nation’s Adolescent Mental Health Care Providers?