Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking. By Erica L. The reminders of pandemic-driven suffering among students in Clark County, Nev. By December, 18 students had taken their own lives. This month, the school board gave the green light to phase in the return of some elementary school grades and groups of struggling students even as greater Las Vegas continues to post huge numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in.
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A study by the New York City Health Department found that only 6 percent of kids in that age range had been diagnosed with behavioral problems, but that 14 percent reportedly had symptoms of mental health problems but remained undiagnosed. Therefore, prevalence estimates. About 44, New York City kids have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, but the city health department says the severity of their problems is often much worse than currently believed — and that mental illnesses are underreported in general. Of those who were diagnosed, about 26, kids or 4 percent have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and 15, or 2 percent have a conduct disorder — and boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness than girls. But despite the high number of diagnoses and even higher number of undiagnosed illnesses, few kids have been receiving treatment. Only two-thirds of diagnosed children received some sort of medical help and only 36 percent received medication. And only 17 percent of undiagnosed kids suspected of having a mental illness received some sort of assistance, the survey reports.
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Sabiston, Ph. School sport from ages 12 to 17 protects those youth from poor mental health four years later. Their research investigated whether school sport participation could offer some protection against this trend. Almost students from 10 Canadian schools were surveyed in each grade during the five years of secondary school about their participation in school sports, such as basketball, soccer, track and field, wrestling, and gymnastics. Three years after graduation, participants were asked about how often they experienced depressive symptoms, the amount of stress in their lives, and how they rated their mental health on a scale of 1 poor to 5 excellent.
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