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Winthrop, ME has122 with asthma, 51 with anxiety/depression, 36 with life-threatening allergies

Dec 10, 2017, Kennebec (ME) Journal & Morning Sentinel: School nurses on front lines of mental health, societal problems http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/12/10/school-nurses-on-front-lines-of-mental-health-societal-problems/ … Given the growing number of health and social problems facing Maine children, Miville and other Winthrop school officials say the district’s nursing services could use even more support in the future to ensure students are healthy and ready to study. The problems include a rise in children being diagnosed with complicated, chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma, as well as mental illnesses such as anxiety. In the Winthrop School District, Miville is currently overseeing 122 students with asthma, 51 with anxiety or depression, 36 with life-threatening allergies, seven with seizure disorders, and six with diabetes, she wrote in an email. … “We have kids with chronic health conditions that are physical, but we also have a large number of kids with serious mental health issues, including skyrocketing levels of anxiety.” Mental, physical needs Deborah Hagler, a Brunswick pediatrician who serves as vice president of the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, agreed that mental health and behavioral health problems are growing among children, and said that those ailments can manifest in physical symptoms. … No recent information was available about the average staffing levels of nurses in Maine school districts. In 2008, the National Association of School Nurses found that the average school nurse in Maine oversaw 602 students, the ninth lowest rate in the country. …