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At all levels of education – primary, secondary, and post-secondary – there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health. How to foster an education system that better serves the mental health needs of students, whether it’s at-risk youth, victims of school bullying, or stressed and depressed college students, is one of the most important questions facing mental health researchers, advocates, and policymakers.

Nonwhite Students Slow to Seek Mental Health Counseling

Surveys show that nonwhite students are often more stressed than their white classmates, but experts say they’re less likely to seek psychological help. This further complicates efforts to increase the proportion of black and Hispanic students who succeed in earning college and university degrees, and who graduate at rates lower than whites.

Close friendships in high school predict improvements in mental health in young adulthood

Adolescence is a time of social challenges and changing expectations. While relationships with peers may be important for youth at this time, do they also have implications over time? A new longitudinal study suggests that the types of peer relationships youth make in high school matter for mental health through young adulthood.

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