During the 2018-2019 school year, nearly 80,000 Georgia students in sixth through 12th grade reported having seriously considered attempting suicide. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, it's worse.
The state is working with the group Graduation Alliance to provide $5 million dollars in help to get up to 50,000 students back on track. The alliance will provide academic success coaches to encourage students, and even help with homework.
Data shows Georgia has one school psychologist for every 6,390 students. The recommended ratio is 1 to 500.
The BOOST Grants Program provides three-year grants, renewed annually, to community-based and statewide organizations that operate comprehensive out-of-school time programming year-round, over the summer months or after school during the academic year.
During the 25th Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum last week, experts discussed best practices in assessing and preventing mental health and behavioral issues among students in schools across Georgia. A community response is needed as Georgia’s children and families are returning to school after dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit public school systems hard with many kids still attending classes online. And for some students that’s taking a significant toll on mental health. GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports.
"On Second Thought" hosted a panel discussion on youth mental health during this particularly fraught back-to-school season, produced in collaboration with American Public Media's "Call to Mind" initiative and public media station WETA's Well Beings tour.
The first of six regional School-Based Behavioral Health Forums was held this week at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Panels addressed ways to make the...