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Plattsburgh, NY: "22% of youth ages 13-18 experience some form of serious mental disorder"

Oct 29, 2017, Plattsburgh (NY) Press Republican: Student mental health issues now a growing concern for school leaders http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/student-mental-health-issues-now-a-growing-concern-for-school/article_e97fbb05-c6b7-59f9-8123-1f69d2da3be3.html The need to strengthen mental-health services for public-school students has emerged as a major priority of classroom administrators across the state. The New York State Council of School Superintendents concluded from an annual statewide survey of its members that enhancing services to deal with the emotional well-being of students has become their most widely cited priority. The recognition that more resources are needed to provide such services where they don't already exist — and to strengthen programs where they do — comes as school districts are already gearing up to comply with a related state mandate that takes effect next July. … STARTLING STATISTICS A report issued recently by the Mental Health Association noted that 22 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience some form of serious mental disorder. … With many North Country families facing economic hardship as the result of unemployment, underemployment or addiction, veteran Saranac Lake Middle School teacher Don Carlisto said, the children from such households often face serious emotional challenges. "This is much more pronounced now than it was earlier in my career," said Carlisto, who became a teacher 22 years ago. "We see all types of mental health impacts from these situations." …