KEY ISSUES

Student Health and Wellness

Each year, millions of children experience mental health concerns that affect not only their well-being, but also their ability to fully engage in the learning environment. Of children who access the treatment they need, at least 70% do so in a school-based setting — underscoring the role of K-12 schools in addressing student mental health.   

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Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on student health and wellness issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for student health. 

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Following increased concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting students’ mental health and wellness, we gathered information and resources to help education leaders support students.

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Approximately 1 in 6 school-age children experience a mental health disorder each year, and experts estimate up to 60% of students do not receive the care they need to address these challenges.

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With teacher appreciation week only a few weeks behind us and mental health awareness month coming to a close, we have a great opportunity to reflect on a pressing issue in the life of many teachers — their mental health.

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Recent research shows that hospitals across the country saw a 24% increase in mental health emergency visits by children ages 5-11 years old, and a 31% increase for students 12-17 between March and May 2020 alone.

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Approximately 1 in 6 school-age children experience a mental health disorder each year, and experts estimate up to 60% of students do not receive the care they need to address these challenges.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on student health. 

Trends in Student Mental Health
Student Behavioral Health

Mental Health, Family Engagement and School Safety

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