By Dr. Harold Koplewicz
June 10, 2016
Tens of thousands of students miss out on education and increase their risk for unemployment, prison, and an early death because of our failure to value and encourage mental health at the same level as academic success in our schools. This has to change. We must realize that schools present us with a crucial opportunity to intervene early and help kids get and stay on track. It may take a shakeup to fix the inaction that allows mental health disorders to be barriers to education. The statistics are sobering: Among our most at-risk students, dropout rates approach 40%, according to the 2016 Child Mind Institute Children's Mental Health Report Zero tolerance policies have inflated suspension and expulsion rates for children who have trouble regulating emotions and behavior.