National Public Radio has published a review of the mental health challenges facing school children and what adults can do to help.
The article begins with a startling overview: up to one in five children will display symptoms of mental health distress in a given year, and a great majority of them will not receive any formal help with what they are experiencing. NPR interviews one student who describes her own decade-long struggles with bulimia and depression but did not receive support because, as she puts it, "no one ever asked me" what was wrong.
The review is not, however, solely pessimistic. The second half is devoted to a breakdown of both the ideal and practically feasible roles of different adults in helping out with this in school environments. Teachers and parents are included, but also school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and even principals. The actual numbers of professional adults available per student are clearly too small, but what they can do given their training and current capacity is still notable.