Parents want mental health education in schools, mental health days off for students

ARLINGTON, Virginia., Dec 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – An overwhelming number of parents support mental health education in schools and “Mental Health Days” for their children, Ipsos conducted today on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The same survey found that 44% of parents of children under the age of 17 said they were worried about their children’s mental health, but far fewer (16%) sought help for them.

The survey will be published following a general consultation with the surgeon aimed at addressing the mental health crisis of young people.

“NAMI’s survey found that parents are very concerned about the mental health of their children and, more importantly, understand the value of mental health awareness and treatment,” said NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gilison Jr. “It is encouraging to see such strong support for mental health education in schools and mental health days for students. That’s why NAMI offers youth education programs like NAMI Ending the Silence and advocates better mental health resources in schools. “

“But despite parents’ confidence in their ability to identify the signs of mental illness in their children, there is a worrying gap between those who have concerns and those who actually seek help,” said Gillison. “We encourage parents to seek help for their children when they see signs that affect them.”

While 84% of parents say their children showed a lot of resilience during the pandemic, more than a third of parents (35%) think more about their children’s mental health than before. While most parents report few changes in their children’s activities and behaviors since the pandemic began, many of the changes are that was were negative: 41% spend more time in front of the screen, 25% play or exercise less, 37% participate less in school activities and 16% sleep less.

As mentioned earlier, there is widespread support among parents for mental health education in schools. The survey found that 87% of parents were somewhat or strongly supportive of mental health education in schools. The survey also found that 70% of all parents expressed support for mental health days for students. Notably, 89% of parents say their child’s mental health is more important than academic success.

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methodology: This survey was conducted by Ipsos on November 9-17, 2021 on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) using the KnowledgePanel®. It is based on a representative sample of 1,010 US adults (ages 18+) who are parents to children aged 0-17. The range of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points at a confidence level of 95%.

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SOURCE National Alliance for Mental Illness

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