- Approximately one in five youth experience a mental illness before age 25. About half of those with diagnosed conditions drop out of school.
- Suicide kills two Washington students each week.
- These outcomes make adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, early identification and intervention.
- A mom in Graham, WA, launched a program to improve education about mental health after her son died by suicide in 2010. The Jordan Binion Project has trained about 500 Washington teachers with an evidence-based curriculum from Teen Mental Health.
- Emotional Disturbance is a federal category of disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A student might qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under this category, regardless of academic ability. To qualify, a disabling condition must significantly impact access to learning. An educational evaluation also must show a need for specialized instruction.
- Parents can share these resources with school staff, who may be seeking more information about how to help youth struggling to maintain their mental health.
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