Mental disorders are prevalent among children and can lead to difficulty with learning and development, which can extend into later life and contribute to continued negative impacts throughout an individual's life span, as mentioned in this article from The Atlantic. Currently, many children go without access to mental health resources in their schools, a place where children spend most of their time and a key location for providing mental health intervention. Additionally, there are detrimental effects associated with mishandling a child's social, emotional, or behavioral challenges.

The shortage of mental health professionals in schools and a lack of training and guidance for teachers to "accommodate students with conditions like ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral problems" results in a decreased ability to set up a child for success if they have a mental disorder. Without the proper resources for youth and teachers, children with behavioral problems are more likely to be expelled from school at a time of key childhood development and education. Disciplinary action like this "is linked to underemployment, unemployment, and higher rates of incarceration."

Access to mental health resources can enable children to work with their emotions, succeed in class, and stay in school. Luckily, there are some programs that exist to help with this, but they are not available to most kids—something that should be changed to provide all youth a chance at lifelong success despite having mental health issues.

Read the full article on The Atlantic's website.