NPR recently wrote an article about how our public schools are struggling to handle millions of mental health issues. There are more than 50 million public school students in the United States, where as many as 1 in 5 students show signs of a mental health disorder. To define it, a mental health disorder is a condition that disrupts a person's mood, thought or behavior, often for a long period of time.
David Anderson, an expert on mental health at the Child Mind Institute, states "Kids who suffer from mental health disorders....inevitably miss out on opportunities for learning and building relationships." Most of the nearly 5 million students affected will not receive counseling, therapy, or treatment of any kind.
But, thankfully, there are people in every school that play a big part in identifying problems and helping students learn to succeed. Teachers, counselors, school nurses and school psychologists are doing their best to work together to create an environment to suit students' needs, though sometimes it's hard to have the "perfect" situation.
If you would like more information on mental health in schools, visit the original article here.
**All information from this blog post was taken directly from NPR.**