National Policy Institute: Addressing Youth Mental Health Needs In Schools
COVID-19’s impact on the nation’s mental health will be apparent for years to come. Yet, more concerning is the impact on children and adolescents. Suicide and self-harm increased significantly in 2020 in kids ages 11-17 years, with more than 35% reporting having thoughts of suicide more than half the days of the month. In partnership with Mental Health America and Kaiser Permanente, this report highlights key principles to inform policies and practices of reopening schools to help youth early and through equitable means.