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Macon, GA: Anxiety/depression affecting more kids

Aug 4, 2017, The Macon (GA) Telegraph: ‘We’re going to need more counselors,’ educator says of growing mental health crisis among students http://www.macon.com/news/local/education/article165501132.html In Georgia, 85,000 students have a mental health need that’s not being addressed, according to a report from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. The Georgia Student Health Survey showed that almost 9 percent of Georgia’s sixth- through 12th-graders seriously contemplated suicide and 4 percent attempted it during the 2015-16 year. ... “We’ve had kids who couldn’t come to school because their anxiety was so high. Students with depression have trouble getting out of bed. Mental health issues can affect not just their mood but their output, their friendships, their desire to participate.”... Teachers identify kids who are struggling, and then school psychologists, counselors or social workers work with the students and connect parents with community resources and support, said Mellor and Monica Smith, Houston’s student services coordinator and lead counselor. …Bibb County has 10 psychologists and 8 social workers for its 24,000 students. Houston has 10 psychologists and nine social workers for 29,000 students, Smith said. “We’re going to need more counselors,” Mellor said. …