JED partnered with Fluent Research to conduct qualitative and quantitative research with high school students, caregivers of high school students, and high school administrators from across the country. The study found that students’ mental health needs were significant and were not being fully addressed in high schools.
The study sample included 1,014 U.S. high school students in grades 9-12, their caregivers, and 479 high school administrators (344 principals/assistant principals, 129 school counselors, and six district superintendents). The sample represented a demographic mix of participants with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and income. This data was collected at the end of 2019 (before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic).
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The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.