Adolescents look to teachers regarding mental health concerns more than parents, survey finds

More than 78 percent of educators reported having been approached by a child for assistance with mental health issues, compared to 58 percent of parents, a survey published Sept. 8 by CVS Health found.

The survey was conducted by CVS and technology company Morning Consult from Aug. 12-23 among 500 parents and 340 educators of children ages 13 to 17.

"Parents and educators create a critical, complementary team that supports adolescents through the impacts of academic and family pressures, self-esteem concerns, COVID-19 and more," Cara McNulty, president of behavioral health and mental well-being at CVS Health, said in a Sept. 8 release from the company. 

The survey also found:

  • Seventy-six percent of educators said they had reported concerns about teenage mental health, compared to 58 percent of parents.
  • Twenty-two percent of educators said they had initiated conversations about mental or emotional concerns with children, compared to 49 percent of parents.
  • Ninety-four percent of both parents and educators said they felt confident about their ability to find support if a child reported mental or emotional health concerns.


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