Student access to teletherapy skyrockets as schools combat youth mental health crisis

Posted on AllSides April 19th, 2023
From The Center
Steve Rice for Chalkbeat

Kirstin Smith was worried after her 5-year-old had a traumatic interaction with another student at school this past fall. 

Her daughter’s behavior had changed — she was hiding under desks at school and waking up scared from her nightmares. Smith wanted to get her some help.

A couple months later, the kindergartner was sitting cross-legged on her mother’s bed, chatting with “her lady” on a laptop screen while Smith stirred macaroni in the kitchen. Every so often, Smith pressed her ear to the bedroom door or cracked it open to...

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