Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority

Summary: This article talks about the importance of student mental health and why and how principals can support students in times of need and also in times of tragedy. A three-tiered structure of support is discussed and recommended for implementation in schools.

Source: Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 16, 2018

Categories: Mental Health, School Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences, SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate

Description: “An estimated 32 percent of adolescents have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Twelve percent of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 say they have experienced one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The suicide rate among teenagers has been steadily on the rise since 2007. It’s gone up 30 percent among 15- to 19-year-old boys and doubled among girls, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the second leading cause of death in that age group. But schools have had limited resources and expertise to deal with the wide range of mental-health needs that children and youth are now experiencing.”

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