Mental Health

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the psychological and emotional well-being of staff and students


Data: Does Your State Have Enough School Psychologists and Counselors?
Education Week examined ratios of school psychologists and counselors to students across the country. 
Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Trauma-Informed Instruction
This Spotlight will help you implement trauma-informed strategies, examine 5 tips to support students’ mental health, and more.

October 2, 2023
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Mathematics Do Future Teachers Have Math Anxiety? Their University Instructors Think So
Professors are split on how prepared they believe future teachers are for college-level math.
Sarah Schwartz, September 29, 2023
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Gen Z: We Are Struggling With Mental Health, But Our Grades Are Good
Fewer than half of Gen Z describe themselves as feeling prepared for their futures.
Arianna Prothero, September 26, 2023
5 min read
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Student Well-Being States Look to Social-Emotional Learning to Combat Student Misbehavior, Poor Mental Health
Experts say SEL can be a first line of defense against youth mental health problems and misbehavior, but political resistance continues.
Libby Stanford, September 15, 2023
6 min read
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Student Well-Being LGBTQ+ Students Feel the Weight of a Push for Parents' Rights
States and local school boards are passing laws that specifically target LGBTQ+ youth. It's affecting those students' mental health.
Libby Stanford, September 14, 2023
7 min read
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Student Well-Being Q&A What Educators Need to Know About the Intense Anxiety That Keeps Students Home From School
School avoidance contributes to an absenteeism crisis. Here's what an advocate wants schools to know.
Evie Blad, September 8, 2023
5 min read
Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns while buses sit idle at the high school on Oct. 22, 2020, in Granby, Colo.
Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns while buses sit idle at the high school on Oct. 22, 2020, in Granby, Colo.
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Student Well-Being Q&A How Teachers Can Help Younger Students Deal With Climate Anxiety
With natural disasters abounding, even young children can suffer from climate anxiety. Here's how to make them feel more empowered.
Madeline Will, September 6, 2023
8 min read
Therapy dogs Kalani, left, and Shadow pose for a portrait at Morris Elementary School in Morris, Okla., on Jan. 17, 2023.
Therapy dogs Kalani, left, and Shadow pose for a portrait at Morris Elementary School in Morris, Okla., on Jan. 17, 2023.
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Student Well-Being Meet 7 School Therapy Dogs That Support Student and Staff Well-Being
In honor of National Dog Day, check out the furry faces of therapy dogs working in schools.
Evie Blad & Marina Whiteleather, August 24, 2023
1 min read
A sticker with an LGBTQ Pride flag is viewed outside of a classroom door at a high school on Aug. 8, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
A sticker with an LGBTQ Pride flag is displayed on a classroom door at an Orlando, Fla., high school. LGBTQ+ students who had access to protective factors like Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), gender-neutral restrooms, and representation in curriculum and sex education reported lower suicide risk, according to The Trevor Project.
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Student Well-Being LGBTQ+ Students With Affirming Schools Report Lower Suicide Risk, Survey Finds
Access to inclusive history, gender-neutral restrooms, and supportive clubs reduces LGBTQ+ students' suicide risk, says a report by The Trevor Project.
Eesha Pendharkar, August 24, 2023
4 min read
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Student Well-Being 5 Tips to Support Students’ Mental Health as the School Year Begins
At least one measure shows teen mental health has improved from earlier in the pandemic, but there's still a lot of work to be done.
Caitlynn Peetz, August 16, 2023
6 min read
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Student Well-Being New Laws Aim to Combat the Youth Mental Health Crisis. Here's What They Do
States are investing more in school-based mental health services, a new report shows, and support for the initiatives crosses party lines.
Libby Stanford, August 15, 2023
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Kids' Mental Health Can Decline in the Summer. What Schools Can Do to Help
Without access to regular routines or mental health supports, some students can regress during the summer months.
Caitlyn Meisner, August 3, 2023
5 min read
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Teaching Profession Here's What Teachers Say They Need Most to Manage Stress, Mental Health
Topping their list: Time, including dedicated planning periods and fewer administrative duties.
Madeline Will, July 18, 2023
7 min read