About four million 9 to 17 year olds have a major mental health disorder resulting in significant impairment at home, at school and with peers, according to a report of the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health. At least one in five children and adolescents has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a serious disorder. Mental health disorders affect students’ ability to succeed in school both academically and socially.
These staggering statistics underscore the importance of being cognizant of students’ mental well-being while also knowing when to refer a student to outside Mental Health Counselors. School counselors, along with other specialized instruction support personnel, are often on the forefront of identifying behaviors that could signal something more serious. Download accompanying handout here.