As teen mental health worsens, schools try to help

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among children 10 to 14, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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April 21, 2022 - 3:06 PM

U.S. map measuring untreated youth depression.

Teen mental health already was deteriorating before the coronavirus pandemic. In the two years since, the isolation, grief and anxiety created by school closures, deaths and loss of family income have led to even steeper declines in children’s mental health, experts say.

Awash in federal pandemic relief money — roughly $190 billion in education and health grants over the next four years — states are responding.

Last year, 38 states enacted nearly 100 laws providing additional resources to support mental well-being in K-12 schools, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy, a Portland, Maine-based policy research group. Dozens of additional school mental health bills became law this year in at least 22 states, according to the group.

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