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Borsuk: Mental health issues becoming pervasive for schools

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of precise numbers, but experts in the field say there has been an increase nationwide in mental health needs of kids. Possibly, a factor may be that we’re paying more attention and doing more about problems. The statement is frequently made that one in five school-age children have mental health issues that go beyond normal, and 80% do not get professional help. The state Department of Public Instruction recently cited estimates that 95,200 of Wisconsin’s 1.4 million children had “serious mental health needs.” That’s a 7% rate. As with other social issues, some people would ask why mental health problems are something a school needs to deal with. Isn’t this for parents and professionals?.”(more)

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