August 11, 2022

Florida's Child Well-Being Report Card Shows Increase in Mental Distress

Trimmel Gomes writes:

"Children's advocacy groups are calling on lawmakers to do more to improve the well-being of Florida's kids.

For the first time, the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, addresses the state of youths' mental health.


Norín Dollard, senior policy analyst and Kids Count director for the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said leaders should invest more in providing more counselor and school psychologists as a start.

'The levels of anxiety and depression have been rising among our young people,' Dollard reported. 'It's more important than ever that we make sure that they have adequate services and support, so they don't continue to suffer.'"


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