The Mental Health Needs of Children
Are Not Met. Do you agree?
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Mental Health Needs Prevent Students From Succeeding
300,000 California children between the ages of 4-11 have mental health needs, but over 70% never receive treatment. For youth in poverty or with non-English speaking parents, over 80% never receive treatment.
Up to 20% of youth are diagnosed with a mental disorder in a given year. The most common diagnoses are Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and conduct disorders, all of which significantly impact behavior and attendance.
Nearly 57% of California children have had adverse experiences of trauma, such as domestic violence, abuse/neglect, divorce/family discord, and parental substance abuse or mental illness. The rate is higher for youth in poverty.
Providing Mental Health Care at School Gives Children the Chance to Succeed
- Of children and youth who are receiving mental health services, 70% are getting them at school.
- Students who receive mental health services on campus report greater connection to school and more caring relationships with adults at school.
- Mental health treatment in schools is associated with increased access for students of color – who might otherwise go without any treatment.
- Students who receive mental health services on campus have lower suspension rates and get along better with peers than students who have mental health needs and do not receive school-based treatment.
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