Offering mental health services is vital to the children in our schools and communities. Below are some of the facts surrounding mental health that help show why mental health services are so very important.
- 1 in 5 US children and adolescents have some form of mental health issue (American Academy of Pediatrics).
- 70% of adolescents with mental health problems do not receive care (Journal of Adolescent Health, volume 38).
- Behavioral and emotional problems decreased among 31 percent of youth with mental health issues after 6 months of receiving mental health care (SAMHSA report).
- Within one year of entering a mental health program, youth attending school regularly increased from 75% to 81%, and those receiving passing grades increased from 55% to 66% (SAMHSA report).
- Number of students involved in violent incidents decreased by 15% within three years of instating mental health programs (SAMHSA report).
- Sixteen percent of students report lower depression, 21% lower anxiety, and 38% have better behavior after 1 year(SAMHSA report).
- Two thirds of school districts reported that the need for mental health services had increased since the previous year,and one third reported that funding for mental health services had decreased in that time (Foster et al., 2005).