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Emotional Health

Talking with Teens About Stress Management 

The American Psychological Association's (APA) 2013 Stress in America survey shows that 13-17 year olds are experiencing stress levels higher than they consider to be healthy.

National PTA and the American Psychological Association partnered to host a webinar featuring board certified clinical psychologist, Dr. David Palmiter on the impact of stress on teens' health and how you can model healthy stress management strategies. 

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How to Tell When a Kid is Emotionally Struggling

It's not always obvious when your child—or one you care about—is struggling emotionally. That's why the National PTA partnered with the American Psychological Association to host an important conversation: How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally.

  • Read more tips for talking with your kids when they need help.

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Caring for Every Child's Mental Health: The Signs, Strategies and Services Families and Schools Need

The National PTA partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to host a webinar on ways to access special education services offered by your school when your child has a mental health disorder.

Listen as a parent, school psychologist and national expert in parents' and students' rights, share how to navigate the school system and advocate for your child's educational needs and overall well-being at school through individualized education plans (IEP) and 504 plans.

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The Facts

Early Detection, Treatment and Family-School Partnerships Work

  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 141. While 21% of all children ages 9 to 17 in the United States have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder2, only 20% of them are identified and receive mental health services each year3.
  • Early detection and treatment of mental disorders is imperative for student success. Half of all students ages 14 and older who live with a mental illness drop out of high school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group—and these youth also experience higher suicide and incarceration rates4.

Together, we can increase the percentage of students who receive the mental health services they need in order to succeed in school, continue to develop socially, and fully experience the purpose and joys of life.

Additional Resources for Parents, Educators, and PTA Leaders


1National Institute of Mental Health Release of landmark and collaborative study conducted by Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the NIMH Intramural Research Program (release dated June 6, 2005 and accessed at 2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Insititutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999. 3 U.S. Public Health Service, Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: A National Action Agenda. Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services, 2000. 4 U.S. Department of Education, Twenty-third annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Washington, D.C., 2001.