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COVID-19 and its impact on Adolescent Mental Health

The Crisis
"Adolescents are one of the vulnerable groups as they are experiencing this difficult time of transition along with their socio-emotional and physical changes." ...Innohealth Magazine.

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Children and Youth Mental Health

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Elementary and Middle School

Youth with mental health disorders are more likely to be unhappy at school, be absent, or be suspended or expelled. Their learning is negatively impacted because of poor concentration, distractibility, inability to retain information, poor peer relationships, and aggressive behavior. They also may be withdrawn and difficult to engage.

During any given school year, children and youth with mental health disorders may miss as many as 18 to 22 days.1

The rates of suspension and expulsion of children and youth with mental disorders are three times higher than their peers.2

High School


Youth in high school with mental health disorders are more likely to fail or drop out of school compared to their peers in the general population. They tend to engage in high-risk behaviors including drug and alcohol use and/or suicide attempts, especially those youth who may be significantly depressed because they are shunned or marginalized.

Up to 14 percent of youth with mental health disorders receive mostly Ds and Fs, compared to 7 percent for all children with disabilities.3

Youth with untreated mental illness have high rates of absenteeism and tardiness. Referral to a school-based mental health center or to counseling can help to reduce absenteeism rates by 50 percent and tardiness rates by 25 percent.4

Only 32 percent of students with a serious mental illness continue onto postsecondary education.7 ...

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