Schools struggle to staff up for youth mental health crisis

Mira Ugwuadu, 17, poses for a portrait on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Marietta, Ga. School districts across the country have struggled to staff up to address students’ mental health needs.

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after months of remote learning, so she sought help. But her school counselor kept rescheduling their meetings because she had so many students to see.

“I felt helpless and alone,” the 12th grader later said.

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