The Need is Great:
Students struggling with mental health challenges are in every classroom in America. Twenty-one percent of children ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental illness or addictive behavior that causes some degree of impairment. Half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders begin by the age of 14. 50% of those students drop out of school, which is the highest drop out rate of any disability group. Of the children and teens ages 8 to 17 in the juvenile justice system, 65% of the boys and 75% of the girls have at least one mental illness. Long term outcomes for students with untreated mental illness include school failure, unsuccessful employment history, and poverty in adulthood.
Unfortunately, more teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24 die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defect, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. Suicide is the third leading cause of death.
We Can Make a Difference:
With early identification and treatment, students with mental illness can have hope to enjoy a good life. They can achieve success in school, work and family life. Early identification, evaluation and treatment are critical to recovery and resiliency. Educators can be an important part of this process.
Educators need to be aware of the indicators of potential mental health concerns, understand the various disorders, and be equipped to address the needs of their students. This training is designed to prepare teachers to offer encouragement and options to their students who need someone to notice and care.
Student Mental Health, Trauma, and Suicide Prevention
“Living with constant anxiety, disappointment and discouragement all dug the pit deeper and deeper into depression. I felt rejected, abandonded, and all alone.”
Social media can impact student mental health.