Anxiety and Depression Levels Are on the Increase Among School Children

Anxiety and Depression Levels Are on the Increase Among School Children
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Mental health has become a concern among students all over the US. According to The Washington Post, a recent survey has revealed that an increasing number of children have been dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma. And teachers keep noticing this trend being reflected in the behavior of the students, which are having difficulties focusing in class, are getting into fights more often and are visibly sadder.

It seems that these are all effects of the pandemic and the toll it took on the emotional development of the children. While remote classes kept students safe from the threat of Covid, they also prevented them from socializing with their peers and developing age-specific coping mechanisms.

As a result, a large majority of the schools tried to adapt to this situation and offer more counseling facilities to their students. At the same time, the study showed that about half of the schools started providing trainings for their teachers, in order for them to better cater to the needs of students who need support on mental health issues.

While efforts are being made to improve the range of services offered by schools, only 12 percent of them are satisfied with the level of support they are able to provide to children in need. Most of the schools would like to do more on this matter, but stated that they don’t have enough funds or personnel.

The study, which was performed by the National Center for Education Statistics, also revealed that mental health issues are on the rise among school staff too. It was observed that an increasing number of school employees are either seeking support for their own issues, or are worried about the mental health of their fellow employees. As a consequence, they have also started seeking support within their institutions, thus increasing the demand for psychological support services even further.


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