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Future Health

Mental Health and Education

July 11, 2022 

There is a lot of talk about mental health with adults, but not enough about mental health in the education setting. Children spend most of their time in an education setting. On average, children spend between eight to ten hours a day at school. This makes educational institutions a prime hub to promote greater awareness, early identification, prevention, and intervention.

With 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experiencing a mental health disorder per year, only half of all the mental disorders is diagnosed by age 14, and 75% by 24. Children who are either undiagnosed or untreated run into the issues of interfering with their ability to learn, grow and develop. Mental health services are widely requested to be easily available to children in educational settings since the youth are most likely to receive mental health services at their institutions. 

Early treatment is very effective and helps kids stay in school. Though treatment is helpful, typically, between the time children are diagnosed and treated, there is a delay of 72 weeks. This delay can lead to higher rates of high school dropouts, unemployment, substance abuse, arrest, incarceration, and early death. With that said, the second leading cause of death for youth ages between 10-34 is suicide.

School-linked services play a vital role in helping children with their mental health. The youth are more open to services and the earlier the better. Learning at a young age on coping mechanisms and starting treatments can make a difference between mentally healthy and not when they grow into adulthood. Overall, this is so important for all communities.