Mental Health in Children

The U.S. Surgeon has declared the high rates of under-identification, limited access to treatment, and low quality of mental health services for children and adolescents a national public health crisis.

In the United States, 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 75%-80% of children who need mental health services don’t receive it.
Students who receive social-emotional support and prevention services achieve better academically in school

School mental health programs have significantly greater access to children and adolescent relative to community mental health services as evidenced by:

  • 70-80% of children and adolescents who receive mental health services access those services in a school setting.
  • Approximately 96% of children follow through with school mental health services after the initial referral; whereas only 13% of children follow through with referrals to community mental health centers.

A study examining the impact of school mental health interventions on both mental health and educational outcomes found that 62.5% of the interventions studied demonstrated dually positive outcomes in regards to both mental health and education.