This phenomenon is all too common in classrooms worldwide. Kids’ lives are complicated. Anxiety, depression, and trauma are occuring in epic proportions.
- Nearly 4% of US students have diagnosed depression, yet approximately 9% self-report that they struggle with depression on an ongoing basis.
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
The numbers are staggering, so what is a teacher to do? Should they ignore the palpable distress in the classroom in favor of test scores or address the whole child? Most educators will admit that getting through the basics of teaching is nearly impossible. Students walk in the door carrying so much more than a backpack, this simply cannot be ignored. Continue Reading