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  • Middle Schools

    Depression, anxiety, and suicide are rising among middle school children. At this age, it’s important to intervene early, promote resilience, and provide mental health education that can last a lifetime.

  • 1 in 5
    youth are living with a mental health condition
  • 50 %
    of these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated
  • 70 %
    of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition

Mental 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 mental illness begin by age 14.

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

Suicide Prevention in Middle School

Without mental health education, adolescent depression and anxiety often remain hidden: warning signs go unnoticed and students struggle in silence. These common mental 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 mental health stigma and 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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