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.”
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.
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