Mental health problems can interfere with the way children think, feel and act. These problems are real and painful and can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, or even suicide. A young person's current and future ability to be productive can be limited by mental health problems. In addition, these problems can be very costly to families, communities and the health care system (TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.)
The U.S. Department of Education reports that over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out - the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides individual, group and family counseling and case management services in select East Tennessee schools. School-based mental health services give children living with mental health issues the opportunity for health and success in their education and community.