There are more than 50 million public school students in the U.S.
As many as 1 in 5 shows signs of a mental health disorder.
Kids who suffer from mental health disorders … inevitably miss out on opportunities for learning and building relationships.
— David Anderson, expert on schools and mental health at the Child Mind Institute
Most of the nearly 5 million affected students — nearly 80 percent — won’t receive counseling. Or therapy. Or medication. They won’t get any treatment at all.
In every school, there are people who could play a big role in identifying problems and helping these kids succeed.
But far too often, they can’t.
In a perfect world, all these professionals would work together.
Here’s how experts say a system might look:
That’s how it should work.
But it hardly ever does. There are too many other demands and not enough training.
And staff are sometimes dividing their attention among hundreds or thousands of students.
Mental health is all too often one of the last things that we pay attention to, even though we know how immensely important it is …
— David Anderson, expert on schools and mental health at Child Mind Institute
In schools, mental health should be everybody’s job.