Effective School Solutions
Releases New National Polling
of Administrators & Parents on
Mental Health Care in Schools
While schools have made progress in tackling the youth mental health crisis and 80% of parents believe that schools should play a role in the delivery of mental health, educators say that districts continue to face significant hurdles when it comes to early identification of students with mental health challenges (52%), staffing (50%), and funding (47%).
While 75% of administrators say their schools are implementing best practices around student mental health, less than half (45%) of parents feel the same way, suggesting a gap between the two groups and an opportunity to bridge that gap with more support.
Both parents (40%) and educators (50%) are concerned with districts having adequate staff to address student needs, as well as identifying students with mental health needs (44% and 52%, respectively).
However, only about 60% report expansion of mental health counseling resources, and just over 40% of administrators report their schools have adopted broad-based mental health screening initiatives.
Over 55% of administrators express that they do not have enough information about or are not aware of funding resources for mental health programs.