Peer-to-Peer Counseling Can Help Schools Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis

No group has better insight into the youth mental health crisis than students themselves. Now more than ever, youth are experts in their own community needs and are driving solutions to advocate for robust and meaningful change and support. Mental health is a social justice issue for this generation, and they are actively seeking opportunities to mobilize around these challenges. By giving students opportunities to advocate for themselves and their peers, schools can build stronger and healthier communities.

Despite ‘Crisis’, States and Districts Slow to Spend $1B in Mental Health Funds

Our CEO Duncan Young, comments to The 74 on the ramifications to our youth if states and districts don’t start allocating funds more rapidly. “This is a defining education and public health issue,” he said, pointing to a new $100 million proposal from Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro for school-based mental health services as one example of the sustainable approach school officials want. “Grants — both state and federal — have expiration dates,” he said. “Unfortunately, for the mental health challenges that our young people are experiencing, we don’t see an expiration date.”

Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Media Giants

The teen mental health crisis has so taxed and alarmed school districts across the country that many are entering legal battles against the social media giants they say have helped cause it, including TikTok, Snap, Meta, YouTube and Google. At least eleven school districts, one county, and one California county system that oversees 23 smaller districts have filed suits this year, representing roughly 469,000 students

Learn more about Funding Sustainable School-Based Mental Health Programs

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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

Learn more about our Will to Wellness 6 Step Framework

Complete this form to discuss best practices for districts, states, and federal policymakers that will reinvent mental health in schools over the next five years.

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Speak with our experts to learn how your district can improve outcomes and reduce costs

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Let’s Discuss Your Student Mental Health Needs

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