School leaders discuss need for mental health services in districts

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MONROE COUNTY, N.Y. – Local education leaders will meet on Wednesday to talk about the need for mental health resources in schools. They say the Pandemic worsened mental health challenges that already existed.

According to the World Health Organization, the pandemic triggered a 25% increase in incidences of anxiety and depression for the overall population, and for youth, more than a third of high school students reported experiences of poor mental health with 44% feeling persistently sad or hopeless. 

To provide an inside look at how schools prioritize mental health and wellness at the building level, in districts, and throughout the entire community, join ACT for Education’s “Public Schools in ACTION Webcast” on Wednesday, November 30, at noon.

Panelists will describe the various mental and behavioral staff available in all districts, how all school personnel are trained to support students, and ways that specialists partner across district boundaries to respond to trauma, crisis and issues warranting legal action. The webcast is open to the public and will stream at here

All webcasts in the 2022-23 series are pre-recorded and streamed on Though the webcast is pre-recorded, questions can be submitted to the panelists through the live chat feature during the noon livestream.

All webcasts are archived on the ACT for Education website for future viewing.  For more information about the webcast series or this initiative, please visit