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Make schools safer by improving access to mental health services.

Students often come to school with complex physical and mental health concerns or social service needs. Access to mental health services helps to create a positive school climate, prevents worsening of mental health conditions, and leads to better outcomes for students.

Mental health challenges are common among students. According to the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, up to 1 in 5 children living in the United States experience a mental disorder every year. Symptoms often start in early childhood, although some may develop during the teenage years.

By supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges, schools can help foster a sense of safety and promote better academic and behavioral outcomes. Providing access to mental health services can reduce mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties with students at risk.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about mental health.

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CDC Data on Youth Mental Health Threats During COVID-19

Department of Health and Human Services, March 2022

These data and analyses shine additional light on the mental health of U.S. high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic and tips for the school community to promote school connectedness.

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Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Responding to COVID-19: Anxiety & Return to Work/School

Department of Health and Human Services, 2021

Returning to school or work in this current phase of COVID is perhaps less isolating, but still a time of stress and anxiety. This webpage includes resources developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and other reputable national organizations for individuals returning back to work and school in person.

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