Parenting is tough these days. Today’s youths are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety, leading to disorders, poor health, low academic engagement, substance use, thoughts of suicide, and violence. The U.S. surgeon general has declared that the country is in a youth mental health crisis.
Research reveals the critical role that school support plays in improving students’ mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that students who experience “school connectedness” (a sense of being cared for, supported and belonging at school) are less likely to experience feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Several surveys show that 80% of students and parents rely on mental health resources from their school.