Articles that were recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry show that mental health interventions required by 1 in 10 schoolchildren are frequently started by school professionals, and that teachers and counselors based in schools are essential for identifying and helping them.
Because children spend more time in school than any other institution, the authors conclude that schools play an important part in all areas of child health and development.
School personnel have the opportunity to observe children’s peer relationships as well as their social interactions, behavior, physical development and moral development. All of these areas are affected by mental health, and all are frequently identified and observed in the school setting. Schools have an optimal vantage point for observing mental health problems such as anxiety, behavioral disorders, and depression, from kindergarten through high school.
According to the articles, 75% of all people who utilize mental health services have had a diagnosable disorder before reaching the age of 18.