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Focus on Mental Health in Schools: NPR's A Silent Epidemic

National Public Radio, NPR, ran a slideshow about mental health in schools. The resource noted that of the "more than 50 million public school students in the U.S. ... as many as 1 in 5 shows signs of a mental health disorder." These disorders can impact students' mood, behavior, and thoughts over extended periods. 

Though so many students have mental health issues, few receive the treatment they need. The resource identifies a protocol that could help more children. The three levels of supporting mental health for school-aged children include:

  1. Identification - Parents, teachers, principals, and most school staff help create a safe environment and look for warning signs in students in distress. 
  2. Referral for Help - These caring adults then refer the students to specialists, including counselors, nurses, or school psychologists.
  3. Referral for Outside Treatment - The specialist may refer the student for outside treatment if necessary.

There is much more work that needs to be done to help our students.

View the entirety of the slideshow of NPR's A Silent Epidemic by clicking the link.