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The State of Student Mental Health in NJ School Districts

As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning.

Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. The results highlight the impact that mental health has on schools, and the steps they are taking to combat the problem.

Is your school struggling to deal with the growing impact of mental health issues on students and on staff? Find out if your challenges match up with your peers, and how others are addressing the issue and funding their efforts.

Concerns about student mental health

We asked school administrators to rank their biggest concerns about the mental health of their student population. Here’s how they responded.

We asked administrators to select the mental-health related challenges they were currently facing in their district. Here’s how they responded.

We asked administrators to describe the policies and values within their district that relate to the district’s ability to provide support for mental health issues. Here’s how they responded.

Budget and funding for supporting student mental health

We asked administrators how much they expect to spend on student mental health support services for the 2020/2021 school year. Here’s how they responded.

We also asked about the funding sources they were using to support student mental health. Here’s how they responded.

Effectiveness of student mental health support

We asked administrators about their level of satisfaction with the mental health support they currently provide in their district. Here’s how they responded.

We also asked whether districts work with an outside service provider to support mental health in their district. Here’s how they responded.

What does a student mental health support program look like?

Is your district less than satisfied with your current level of support for students struggling with anxiety, depression, school refusal, and other issues that interfere with learning? Here’s a guide that can help you understand the issues you’re facing and put together a program that meets your specific needs.

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