Student Mental Health in a Changing World

Solutions Journalism Network

After pandemic conditions, lockdowns, and restrictions, schools, educators, and communities are working harder than ever to address mental health concerns and decrease suicide rates by implementing approaches that focus specifically on school-aged populations.  Programs that cultivate positive teacher-student relationships function in collaboration with existing mental health services to broaden mental health care quality and access, meaning that struggling students can access care and treatment sooner.

Leveraging local partnerships, meditation and mindfulness, building trust, meeting people where they are at with LGBTQ+ services, and eliminating barriers have helped students and youth in districts across the United States. Whether focused exclusively on students or more broadly on educational support systems including bus drivers, classroom aides, and parents, these efforts cut down on suicide rates, encourage resiliency, and focus on personal assets rather than problems.