Building Inclusive School Districts: A Mental Health Approach to Addressing Issues of Disproportionality

By Gerard Barone, LCSW and Dan Lemond, MA, LPC, ACS

Prior to being turned upside down by a global pandemic, school districts were already facing a myriad of mental health challenges. It has been well documented that the rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidality have been steadily rising in school-aged children in recent years. Many contributing factors have been identified, including social media and the intense pressures associated with living in a…