5 Steps for Creating a Holistic Mental Health Program
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Today, administrators, educators, and clinicians face a double challenge as they work to guide students toward graduation: the mental health crisis in America and a shortage of providers available to meet ever-growing needs for comprehensive therapeutic intervention, especially for children and teens. According to CDC data, from March 2020 to October 2020 alone, mental health–related emergency department visits increased 24% for children ages 5 to 11 and 31% for those ages 12 to 17 compared with 2019 emergency department visits.¹ A national survey of 3,300 high schoolers conducted in spring 2020 found nearly a third of students felt unhappy and depressed more often than usual.² As the numbers rise surrounding the mental health challenges our young people face, it’s clear schools, districts, and educators will be more closely involved helping struggling students weather the storm. One powerful way educators and providers can step in to help to meet that need is by establishing a holistic behavioral and mental health program in your school, agency, or private therapy practice.
¹Leeb, R. T., et al., Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 69, No. 45, 2020. ²America’s Promise Alliance, The state of young people during COVID: Findings from a nationally representative survey of high school youth, June 2020.
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