Addressing the Crisis in Adolescent Mental Health:
How Districts Can Identify and Support Struggling Students
Evidence-based Solutions for the Student Mental Health Crisis
A crisis in adolescent mental health is forcing school districts to become more proactive in monitoring and providing services to support students in need.
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among 10–19 year-old adolescents. Instances of school violence, student self-harm, anxiety, and depression are on the rise.
Education experts now recommend that schools look to the well being of the “whole child.” Many schools are implementing curriculums that include social and emotional learning to teach students skills they can use to moderate and manage their own behavior, treat others with understanding, and develop persistence and resilience in the face of personal challenges. Schools report that students who receive intervention exhibit less violence, bullying, and other risky behaviors.
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