CDC Report: Detroit Students Battle Mental Health Challenges in Pandemic

A recent report reveals that students attending schools in Detroit are facing mental-health-related challenges as the pandemic continues on, according to WXYZ.

The data released on youth mental health is being noted as a desperate plea for help, according to the article. The reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention break down troubling statistics that nearly 40 percent of high school students reported poor mental health during the pandemic, along with 44% noting “persistent sadness and hopelessness” in the last year, according to the article.

The issue is being handled locally in therapy offices and school districts, per the article, and why even more schools are choosing to enroll in the Trails Program, described as an evidence-based mental health service.

During the 2021 school year, roughly half of kindergarten through fifth-grade kids reported these mental health struggles, according to the article, and at least 40% lost a loved one.

“Those are little people. Those are 5-year-olds basically to about 10 years old. Half of them expressed that they felt sad, mad, worried, and anxious,” Deputy Superintendent Alycia Merriweather said in the article. “Every single school there are people who dedicate their lives to take care of our kids.”

“The additional services that we have, we have across all schools. But if the parent doesn’t sign the consent, we can not offer the services. It is illegal,” Merriweather said in the article.

A proposal for the 2023 budget entails loan assistance to bring in behavioral health professionals and a day-long treatment program for children in the child welfare system who are facing issues in school and home settings, according to the article.

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