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New Focus On Children’s Mental Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one in five children in the US suffer some sort of mental disorder in a given year, a number that adds up to 17 million young people who meet criteria for emotional and behavioral disorders.

“Giving children access to mental-health resources early in their education, however, can play a key role in mitigating negative consequences later in life, said David Anderson, the senior director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute.”

“It’s during childhood and adolescence where we have a large concentration of mental-health issues, and school is where many kids are spending a large portion of their day. That makes school the perfect place to focus mental-health resources,” Anderson said. “Waiting too long to pay attention to student mental health can easily lead to school dropouts or other problems later in life.” Read more.

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