Mental Health Matters - August 2017
A Child's Mind
Mental health disorders are the most common health issues faced by our nation’s school-aged children. One in five children suffers from a mental health or learning disorder, and 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood. There is an urgent need to identify the signs of these conditions early in life if children are to get the care and support they need to thrive.
Children struggling with mental health and learning disorders are at risk for poor outcomes in school and in life, and outdated approaches to discipline are only making matters worse.
Emotional and behavioral problems can lead to office discipline referrals, school avoidance, suspension and being left back. Mental health and learning disorders can also lead students to drop out of school entirely. The consequences of these school-related discipline problems down the road are serious: underemployment and unemployment, prison, and reduced quality of life.