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Corning, NY: Supt: 'Mental health is a concern currently in every single school district'

Dec 9, 2017, Corning (NY) Leader: Ginalski: Social problems don’t stop at school’s doors http://www.the-leader.com/news/20171209/ginalski-social-problems-dont-stop-at-schools-doors THE ISSUE | Schools increasingly find themselves on the front line of mental health care for their students, and the problems they face are only growing more complex. THE IMPACT | The Corning-Painted Post School District is taking steps toward a more coordinated, hands-on approach to the mental health related issues it sees every day in its halls and classrooms. … “We know nationally that mental health is a concern currently in every single school district in the country,” C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski told The Leader. “For instance, between 2007-14, the annual rate of suicides among 10- to 14-year-olds has doubled nationwide (according to the CDC) and we know suicide is the third leading cause of death among school-age children.” Ginalski said it’s important to be aware that the problems faced by students don’t start and end with the well-publicized issue of bullying. “People tend to go right to bullying in every situation because frankly, the media covers it constantly,” he said. “We are seeing everything from self-harming behaviors such as cutting to students being diagnosed with clinical depression, drug abuse and completely unstable family situations where students are seeing abuse and drug and alcohol addiction in the home. … “It’s more than a coincidence in my opinion that the suicide rate doubled from 2007-14 and that is the same period that smartphones were introduced,” Ginalski said. “These kids are plugged in 24 hours a day -- and it’s not healthy.” …