According to recent statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 kids in the United States has or has had a debilitating mental health disorder. In a classroom of 20 students (and that’s considered “small” for some public schools), four of those children could be struggling at any given time with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or another issue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in 2012, 13 percent of children ages 8 to 15 had a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Each day, about 20 percent of the millions of children attending school are struggling with a mental health disorder. And yet, many of them suffer in silence.