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  • Mental health problems such as attention deficits, cognitive disturbances, lack of motivation, and negative mood all adversely affect scholastic development and can lead to young adults with emotional and/or behavioral disorders


  •  Approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 live with mental health conditions, and roughly 75 percent of people with mental health issues develop them before the age of 24.


  • Over 50% of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities ages 14 and older drop out of high school; this is the highest dropout rate of any disability group. This leads to children developing long term mental health issues that they carry into adulthood.


  • More than 215k children and adolescents nationwide have experienced gun violence in their schools since the Columbine shooting.

  • 66% of graduating seniors do not have a viable plan for their future.

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These statistics regarding school children paint a grim picture of their current mental health state and the failures on behalf of those responsible for intervening. The behaviors are oftentimes the result of untreated preexisting conditions that the child is not equipped to control on their own. The negative behaviors that are exhibited by school children can be attributed to unaddressed mental health issues, a lack of preventative in-school resources and desensitization to traumatic experiences by society as a whole.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2015: National Institute of Mental Health, 2016.:U.S. Department of Education, 2018. Centers for Disease Control, 2018.

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