Field Trip: Are Schools Prepared for the Mental Health Crisis?

Over the past 10 years, anxiety disorders among adolescents has risen 17%. Serious depression has gone up 80%. Suicide attempts are startlingly common.1 That’s the bad news.

The good news is that there is an increasing awareness of the need for student mental health care, a greater focus on the whole child. Schools are taking more steps to provide this kind of care — and more and more, they’re becoming the primary providers of care for those students. But that’s a herculean task, and it raises the question: are schools ready?

In this episode of Field Trip, ten experts in roles ranging from school counselors to superintendents share how they see it:

  • Are schools prepared to be the primary providers of student mental health care?
  • What are schools doing well in this area? Where is there room to grow?
  • What do schools need to be better prepared?
  • What will the mental health care landscape look like in 5 or 10 years?
  • And more…

 

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1 Are Districts the Nation’s Adolescent Mental Health Care Providers? (Rep.). (2020). Retrieved https://eab.com/research/district-leadership/whitepaper/are-districts-the-nations-adolescent-mental-health-care-providers/