Compounding barriers to mental health support include a student’s socioeconomic and housing status.
Even before the pandemic, youth who experienced homelessness were both more likely to experience mental health issues, but less likely to seek help for those problems.
Food insecurity is also closely associated with heightened instances of mental health issues; as access to healthy food became increasingly difficult during the pandemic, experts noted an uptick in adolescent mental health problems.
The updated guidance came the same day that a coalition of medical groups declared a “national emergency” in children’s mental health, and called on lawmakers at all levels of government to address the crisis.
“Today’s declaration is an urgent call to policymakers at all levels of government – we must treat this mental health crisis like the emergency it is.”