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- Here are seven ways educators can better understand and support student mental health needs in the upcoming years.
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In early 2021, emergency room visits in the U.S. for suicide attempts increased a staggering 51% for adolescent girls over the same period in 2019. Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges were increasingly common among young people, with 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 living with a mental, emotional, developmental or behavioral disorder. Between 2007 and 2018, suicide rates among youth ages 10 to 24 in the U.S. increased by 57%.
Schools nationwide must combat these concerning trends by creating a culture of caring conducive to student well-being and mental health in these seven proven ways.
- Develop Life Skills
- Promote Social Connectedness and a Positive School Climate
- Encourage Help-Seeking Behaviors
- Improve Recognition of and Response to Signs of Distress and Risk
- Ensure Student Access to Effective Mental Health Treatment
- Establish and Follow Crisis Management Procedures
- Promote Means Safety
Read the full article about student mental health by John MacPhee at The 74.