The science behind teen girls’ mental health crisis

A brain chemical essential to decision-making and managing stress is emerging as another indicator of why teen girls are bearing the worst of the youth mental health crisis…They’re regularly faced with “unrealistic expectations about clothing and about body image,” said Lisa Ciappi, chief program officer at Effective School Solutions. “There’s a little bit more regarding perfectionism.”

The Funding Cliff for Student Mental Health

Public school districts that received a windfall of COVID-19 relief funds for mental health services are confronting a new dilemma: How to sustain counseling, screenings, teletherapy and other programs when the money runs out. Advocates, researchers, and administrators told Axios the schools will be hard-pressed to retain qualified mental health personnel after the funding expires at the end of fiscal 2024.

Poll Finds Youth Mental Health Crisis Is Not Getting Better

Almost every school administrator believes the mental health challenges their students face are moderate to severe, with more than half saying conditions either worsened or haven’t improved in the last year. The findings came from Effective School Solutions — which provides mental health services for schools — that polled 200 administrators and 1,000 parents with children in K-12. They found that parents are less confident in their school’s ability to deal with students’ mental health issues than the administrators, yet most say schools should play a role in helping their kids

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Our Unwavering Focus on Data Collection

At ESS, we have an unrelenting focus on data, measuring results, and communicating to our partners the proven impact our programming has on mental health, school outcomes and financial sustainability.

With every ESS partner, we will:

• Set data driven goals at the beginning of every implementation

• Have regular “Report Card” meetings in which we share the impact of ESS services

• Monitor data along the way to look for potential risk areas so that these can be proactively addressed

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