The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 34% of Texas high school students (Grades 9th - 12th) have depression symptoms, compared to 31% in the United States. Moreover, 34% of students (Grades 9th-12th) in Texas reported that they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row so that they stopped doing some usual activities.
One in 3 children ages 6–17 in our eight-county service area has a diagnosed mental health need. This represents an estimated 267,730 school-age children, and the rate in our eight-county service area is higher than state and national rates:1
- 31%: 8 county service area, 2021
- 23%: State of Texas, 2019
- 23%: U.S., 2019
Nearly 7 in 10 children have a caregiver who is not very familiar with mental health services in the community.1 Of the 252,000 school-age children who needed mental health treatment or counseling, 45% have a caregiver who experienced difficulty getting this care while 6% were unable to get needed care. Barriers to care included the pandemic, cost of care, inadequate insurance, scheduling conflicts and limited service availability in their areas.1
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If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. People you can talk to might include: mental health provider, school counselor, church or clergy member, physician, or an adult you trust (coach, teacher, neighbor, parent).