Educators are seeing more and more students suffering from depression, anxiety, and social phobia. The acuity of mental illness among students has sharpened, they say, and it’s striking ever younger children, though many quietly bear the stress for years before snapping. What’s behind the rise is uncertain. Theories include economic distress, dysfunctional families, absent and preoccupied busy parents, technology obsession, social media, and extraordinary pressure on kids to excel. Not all schools report an increase in mental illness, but not every school has staff attentive to each student’s well-being, nor psychologists on hand. Fortunately that is changing, as more schools train teachers, offer more counseling, and instruct students in suicide intervention.
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