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The Hidden Mental Health Crisis in America’s Schools: Millions of Kids Not Receiving Services They Need

“Schools sometimes serve as the de facto mental health system for children in the United States,” write authors Elizabeth Freeman and Kimberly Kendziora.

That’s why schools need to lead the way in collecting mental health information among students and family and developing working relationships with local doctors, hospitals, and mental health agencies, according to the brief.

The authors recommend that school leaders use one of a number of free tools to develop surveys for both parents and school staff, inquiring about the most common mental health problems students experience and the availability of community-based services to address them. Next, leaders can develop school-level mental health plans that specify which interventions (support groups, youth mentoring, outpatient treatment) are most needed and how to target them.”

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