Youth Mental Health Talking Points:
- Indiana ranked the third highest of 30 states cited by the Kids Count in Indiana Data Book when it came to the percentage of high school students (19.8 percent) who have contemplated suicide and second (17 percent) for those who have made a plan.
- The state ranked 10th when it came to those who made a suicide attempt. In 2015, 55 minors in Indiana committed suicide, compared with 52 the year before.
- at least 50% of those do not access treatment and for those who do there is on average a 10 year gap from the time services are needed to the time they are received.
- Nationally, one in 5 youth have a MH “condition” – at least 50% of those do not access treatment and there is on average a 10 year gap from the time services are needed and the time they are received for those who do.
- By 2030 the World Health Organization states that depression will be the number 1 global health risk.
Mental Health in Schools Talking Points
- The responsibility for the wellness of children and youth belongs to all of us in Indiana. Growth, learning, and development in all domains happen in many environments and, for most of the population, in schools.
- Stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that feel safe, can emotionally regulate, and feel connection. In other words, promoting the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health of our students is essential to promoting their cognitive or academic development.
- Because these stressors either go unrecognized or there is a lack of knowledge about their effects on learning and behavior, students dealing with adversity and stress are often identified or mislabeled as having behavior, discipline, and/or learning issues in a school setting.
- By building the capacity for our schools to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health of our students we also preventatively address issues such as bullying, suicide prevention, school violence, substance use prevention, the opioid crisis, poor health outcomes later in life, mental health, workforce,
suspensions/expulsions, disproportionality, and the school to prison pipeline.
- In order to promote the social and emotional health of our students we must first address the well-being of our teachers.