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(Canada) Calgary: Schools need to address "alarming tide of students facing mental illness"

Jan 14, 2018, (Canada) Calgary Herald: Mental-health advocates criticize lack of support in schools as youth cases rise http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/mental-helth-advocates-criticize-lack-of-support-in-schools-as-youth-cases-rise Mental-health experts say it’s time the public school system fills the gaps of the province’s failing “inclusive education” model by better educating teachers, administrators and parents to stem the alarming tide of students facing mental illness. Kelly Schwartz, an associate professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of Psychology, says school psychologists are merely “itinerant,” stretching themselves across a handful of schools. … He added that school-based mental-health centres could also designate staff to co-ordinate mental health-related services for the school. “This need not be a psychologist, but could be a trained go-to teacher for each school who mediates and manages psychological services for students.” Susanne Heaton, marketing consultant with the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), agrees it’s time to empower and educate teachers around preventive care as mental-health cases among youth skyrocket. “It is out of control. … Overall, one out of every five kids will face mental-health challenges during adolescence. “Anxiety is rising, kids are facing a lot of pressures and they’re not spending as much time outside. It’s affecting test scores, how they deal with school, homework.”…