Mental health issues can affect classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students. These may include anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, low self-esteem, autism bipolar disorder and eating disorders to name a few. Providing the services that children and youth may need to help them better manage and support their mental health needs at school can be quite challenging. If the appropriate services are put in place to support a young person’s mental health needs, we can often maximize success and minimize negative impacts for students.
Addressing mental health needs in school is critically important. In a 2013 analysis of governmental data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that up to 20 percent of Americans under the age of 18 suffer from mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders. In order to assist school districts in supporting students and families, OSBA has complied information and resources regarding mental health issues. Please contact us with questions or specific needs as we are here to partner with you to support our students.