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Moving forward on mental health In schools [The Hill]

Tuesday, June 14, 2016  
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Mental Health in Schools


Tens of thousands of students miss out on education and increase their risk for unemployment, prison, and an early death because of our failure to value and encourage mental health in our schools. Failure in school carries a steep price. High-school dropouts are 63 times more likely to be jailed than four-year college graduates. 68% of state prison inmates have not completed high school. These trends disproportionately affect children with mental health and learning disorders — 70.4% of youth in the juvenile justice system meet criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis. Mental health promotion in schools starts with prevention and early intervention. We take it as a matter of course that our children receive preventative eye and ear testing. Why not have mental health testing to learn if there might be an area of concern before it becomes a chronic problem?


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