1 in 5 Children Face Mental Health Challenges. Are Teachers Supported to Manage This?

21 January 2021
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Now, more than ever, teachers need resources capable of helping improve the mental, behavioural, and emotional struggles that one in five children face.

The additional pressures of remote teaching, re-opening of schools, and implementing new health and safety routines seem to have negatively impacted both students and teachers. 

Though 94% of teachers reported that they care about their students, only 39% feel that they are equipped to manage the mental health and well-being concerns of students (Tes Global Ltd, 2020). Addressing the mental health of students and ensuring that resources are available for both teachers and students is critically important because:

  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder;
  • 1 in 10 young people have a mental health challenge that is severe enough to impair how they function at home, school or in the community;
  • At least 50% and as many as 80% of them do not receive the mental health care they need.  (Association for Children’s Mental Health, n.d.)

Though the numbers of children suffering with mental health challenges is staggering, many staff reported to not have the knowledge or resources to effectively help students. If provided with emotional regulation and mental health resources, teachers can make a real impact on the mental health of their students (Tes Global Ltd, 2020). 

There are many things that you can do to help improve the state of students including integrating mindfulness activities, creating a positive and safe school environment, and teaching positive behaviours. If you’re looking for more support, the Brain 1st Program gives teachers an additional resource to work on the well-being of students. The program specifically targets emotional and behavioral challenges, providing a resource for students and teachers to both feel prepared and supported. 




Association for Children’s Mental Health. (n.d.). Problems at School: Why Does Mental Health Matter in Schools? ACMH. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from http://www.acmh-mi.org/get-help/navigating/problems-at-school/

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2018-2019). National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) data query. Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=7981&r=1

Tes Global Ltd. (2020, October 14). Staff Wellbeing Report. Tes. https://www.tes.com/for-schools/blog/article/staff-wellbeing-report

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