Reflecting on Mental and Behavioral Health
As the year comes to a close, Education Week highlights five of the major conclusions experts have drawn about student mental health in 2022, from the harsh impact of the pandemic to the correlation between wellbeing and academic success. The Nation similarly reflects on the last 12 months to promote some of its most influential student-authored testimonies, many of which championed mental health and related issues affecting the college demographic. Looking to 2023, The New York Times considers how its mental health coverage in 2022 can serve as a guide for readers moving forward, whether they need to address their burnout and task paralysis, focus on getting in some movement or dive into the wilderness—literally.
K-12 Dive reviews the recent report from the Trevor Project, which considers the state of LGBTQ+ student mental health support by state for the first time and determines that access to care is extremely variable.
With the increased demand for mental health services among young people, CT Insider reports that many children in need are finding themselves on long wait lists for state care.
MPR News relays the findings of the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey, revealing that the number of students struggling with mental health issues is its highest on record (around one-third).
12 News highlights how threats of violence at Arizona schools, following reports of weapons on campus or leading to lockdowns, may be exacerbating student mental health challenges.
Tucson.com explores how the University of Arizona is working to meet an increased demand for mental health services this year after a professor was killed and students died from suicide.
According to The Austin-American Statesman, several members of the Texas Senate authored a 100-page report, offering school safety protocol and mental health care recommendations in light of the Uvalde shooting.
The Casper Star Tribune suggests that a proposed $11.5 million program to support mental health services in Wyoming schools will likely not be approved due to structural problems.
The Editorial Board for The Chicago Sun Times commends its city for beginning to focus on promoting mental health, including by equipping the police with clinicians and planning to institute a health and social services call line.
CBS highlights the growing popularity of school policies banning smartphone use to counteract the potential mental health toll of too much screen time.