A growing youth mental health crisis is fueling concern among parents as children and teens continue to struggle after returning to school in person. Young people’s mental health declined sharply in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools were closed, and most students were learning remotely. School administrators and caregivers were optimistic the crisis might ease this year after most students returned to classrooms during the 2021-2022 school year
Sixty percent of administrators say the youth mental health crisis is the same or worse than last year. “Our first-of-its-kind polling reveals that administrators and parents see a significant, long-term problem with the mental health of young people that must be solved,” says Duncan Young, CEO of Effective School Solutions.