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Marathon Cty, WI: Schools are "struggling with mental health issues for students"

Jan 22, 2018, (Wisconsin) WPR: Report: Central Wisconsin Schools Struggle With Mental Health Problems, Bullying https://www.wpr.org/report-central-wisconsin-schools-struggle-mental-health-problems-bullying Every two years the United Way of Marathon County releases its LIFE Report detailing the most significant problems and opportunities facing people who live in central Wisconsin. According to the latest report, the region’s grade schools and high schools are struggling with mental health issues for students, including an increased risk of suicide and persistent problems of bullying. "What we're seeing are kids in schools that are struggling," said Jeff Sargent, executive director of the United Way of Marathon County. "Some of it is generated obviously through their families and their relationships and the environments that they grow up in, but a lot of it is also connected with their peer groups." The report indicates that 14.5 percent of Marathon County middle school students has serious thoughts of taking their own life. "The emergence of social media, Facebook, texting, Snapchat, all of these mediums have really contributed to kids having the ability to, in essence, bully each other without having to do it face-to-face," Sargent said. …