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Mental Health

There is an increased risk of young adult mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and self-harm or suicidality in children who were bullied by peers whether or not they had a history of maltreatment by adults (Lereya, Copeland, Costello, & Wolke, 2015).

32% of students say they have felt so depressed “that it was difficult to function” (American College Health Association, 2013).

More than ½ of college students said they have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” in the last year (American College Health Association, 2013).

Over 90% of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed with mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], 2013)

Some mental illnesses most commonly associated with suicide include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders (NAMI, 2013)

80.1% of districts have adopted a policy stating schools will create and maintain student support teams, student assistance teams, or student guidance teams (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2012).

In 2012, 57.2% of school districts have adopted a policy stating the school mental health or social services staff will participate in the development of Individualized Health Plans, versus just 38.5% in 2000 (CDC, 2012).

69.3% of districts provide families of all students with information on school mental health or social services (CDC, 2012).

51.4% of districts require school mental health or social services staff to earn continuing education credits on mental health or social services topics (CDC, 2012).

Nationwide, 28.5% of students felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities (CDC, 2012).

Compared to students who only bully, or who are only victims, students who do both suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems (CDC, 2012).

1 in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder (Kessler & Berglund, 2005).

1 in 10 young people have a mental health challenge that is severe enough to impair how they function at home, school or in the community (Kessler & Berglund, 2005).

As of 2012, 12.5% of college students reported experiencing major depression, compared to 12.1% of college students in 2010 (University of Missouri - Columbia, 2012).

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