grade level. Only half of elementary schools offered mental health screenings, compared to about two thirds of middle and high schools. Additionally, although just 45% of schools in rural areas offered the same service to their pupils, more than 60% of schools in cities do so.
Schools that participated in the poll also described the obstacles that prohibit them from offering mental health services to their students. More than half of respondents claimed that finance was a significant constraint, and almost 40% claimed that services were shortened owing to a lack of access to qualified specialists.
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The report comes after the Biden administration recently committed funding to increase mental health services in public schools across the country as the coronavirus epidemic exacerbated a worsening mental health crisis.
According to recent data from the Education Department, more than two-thirds of public schools reported an increase in the number of children seeking mental health treatment.
According to a different analysis published last week, the coronavirus pandemic’s first year alone may have caused depression or anxiety in up to 1.5 million American youngsters.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual report issued on Monday, revealed a 26 percent increase in the number of kids between the ages of 3 and 17 who struggled with the two conditions between 2016 and 2020.
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