What’s the role of our schools in treating mental health?

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Schools have long screened for common problems like dyslexia or poor eyesight. But screening for trauma and chronic stress is rare. 

A pilot program at the Los Angeles Unified School District surveyed students for trauma-related mental health problems at four schools. It found 81 percent had experienced three or more traumatic events in the last year. The other 19 percent experienced one, two or zero.

Has your child experienced trauma – and did the school help him or her? 

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