2016 Children’s Mental Health Report
This report examines:
Negative effects (suspension, dropout) of mental health disorders in school
Early intervention and prevention programs
School-wide behavior plans and targeted interventions
Schools present an important opportunity for recognizing early signs of mental health problems in children. K-12 enrollment in the United States is around 55 million,² providing our best chance to reach the 17.1 million young people who will be affected by mental health disorders before the age of 18.³ Working together, parents, educators and professionals can ensure that all children reap the benefits of education and receive the support they deserve.
¹ Merikangas, K.R., He, J., Burstein, M., Swanson, S.A., Avenevoli, S., Cui, L., Benjet, C., Georgiades, K., Swendsen, J., (2010). Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in US Adolescents: Results from the National Comorbidity Study-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 49(10): 980-989. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2010.05.017
² U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Digest of Education Statistics. Retrieved from: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=65