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  • Middle Schools

    Middle school students are leading the next generation by talking openly about behavioral health and reaching out for help early. At this age, promoting resilience and providing behavioral health education can last a lifetime.

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Behavioral Health in Middle School

The middle school transition can be tough for many students. Increased academic pressure, independence, and expectations are coupled with newly complex peer and family relationships as adolescents mature at a rapid pace. Symptoms of depression and anxiety are increasingly common in middle school. In fact, more than 50% of all lifetime cases of behavioral health illness begin by age 14.

Many middle school students are burdened by emotional challenges and behavioral health concerns, which often make focusing on academics very challenging. Schools play a critical role in identifying and supporting students, as common conditions such as depression and anxiety are treatable. With effective treatment, most students learn to manage their symptoms and go on to thrive academically and socially.

  • 1 in 5
    youth are living with a behavioral health condition
  • 50 %
    of these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated
  • 1800 +
    schools are using SOS to identify youth at risk this year

Suicide Prevention in Middle School

Without behavioral health education, adolescent depression and anxiety often remain hidden: warning signs go unnoticed and students struggle in silence. These common behavioral health struggles are leading risk factors for youth suicide, making early detection and treatment critically important. Evidence-based suicide prevention is safe and effective for all students in 6th through 8th grades. School counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and teachers are working together to reduce stigma around mental health and substance use to prevent youth suicide in middle schools across the country.

Teach your students how to recognize and respond to Signs of Suicide

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