Danvers, MA: Teachers told "kids with mental health issues is going up exponentially every year”

Sept 21, 2017 Danvers (MA) Wicked: Training Danvers teachers to work with students with anxiety As diagnoses of anxiety rise nationally, DPS brings Jessica Minahan to speak to teachers on how they can support students struggling with mental health issues. In an audience of Danvers teachers and paraprofessionals, most said they had — at one point or another — had students in their classroom with anxiety, ADHD, or a variety of other mental health issues. … “We’re coming out in the field with almost no training in kids with mental health issues,” she said. “Yet, the [number of] kids with mental health issues is going up exponentially every year.” In an effort to give Danvers teachers the tools they need to work with students with anxiety, the Department of Student Services asked Minahan, director of behavioral services at Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents in Newton, to speak to teachers across all grade levels. “We’re seeing more and more students being diagnosed with anxiety... across all grade levels,” said Dr. Mary Tatem, director of Student Services Department. “Across the country it’s happening, and schools and professionals are becoming more and more aware of the way this is impacting their lives.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 25 percent of 13-18 year olds are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime And the issue is apparently more prevalent in children at the preschool age, Minahan said, in which 1 in 3 students are diagnosed with clinical anxiety....

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