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Educators Speak on Mental Health

October 15, 2020 GMT

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - October 15, 2020 - ( Newswire.com )

Effective School Solutions (ESS), the country’s leading provider of school-based mental health services for K-12 school districts, has released the findings of its national survey about the impact of COVID-19 on student and teacher mental health. Four hundred educators representing over 200 school districts from across the U.S. took part in the study. Key Insights from the survey include:

  • Student Mental Health Challenges are Acute, and Getting Worse: 83% of educators reporting moderate to significant mental health challenges with students.
  • Educators are Struggling as Much as Students: 84% of educators reported moderate to significant mental health challenges with teachers​.
  • Districts are Relying on a Multi-pronged Approach to Address Student Mental Health Challenges: 50% of districts have strengthened and expanded their counseling, clinical and therapeutic support to serve the greater number of students presenting with mental health issues​.
  • Significant Challenges and Gaps in the Mental Health Safety Net Still Exist: most respondents expressed concern about adequate resourcing to support the increased number of mental health challenges.

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Duncan Young, CEO of ESS, stated, “This data shows what educators are seeing every day and what organizations serving the therapeutic needs of students have heard anecdotally for months - the pandemic is exacerbating the mental health challenges of not just our young people and our educators, and districts are mobilizing in a number of ways to address this challenge.”

Please click here to read Educators Speak on Mental Health: A National Survey on School Mental Health, COVID-19 and School Reopening.

Since 2009, Effective School Solutions has been a leader in school-based mental health. ESS partners with over 100 schools in over 60 districts in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and California to provide comprehensive, cost-effective whole-school clinical programs to K-12 students.

Media Contact: Lisa Murphy-Church, lmurphy-church@effectiveschoolsolutions.com

Related Links

Building Inclusive School Districts: A Mental Health Approach to Addressing Issues of Disproportionality
Coping with the Return to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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