Wisconsin educators boost mental health skills

For K-12 teachers this year, the start of school comes with a series of challenges, closing the academic gap chief among them.

But before teachers can address the academic gap, one of the many fallouts of COVID-19, they’ll first need to prioritize the historically high mental health needs of young people.

Kids in Crisis spotlights children's mental health in Wisconsin.

The majority of Wisconsin high schoolers — nearly 60% — self-reported experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harm or suicidal ideation in the past year. And an unprecedented number of youths are turning up in hospitals for attempting or contemplating suicide.

“We know that students who are mentally healthy experience better outcomes at school,” said Libby Strunz, a school mental health consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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