From the Richmond Times Dispatch (November 2, 2013):

Schools have become the de facto mental health system for children, facilitating most of the services to youngsters who get treatment, some experts contend.

“If you think about a classroom of 25 children, what we know is that about one in five will experience mental health problems of mild impairment, and about one in 10 will experience mental health problems of more severe impairment,” said Sharon H. Stephan, co-director of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland. School of Medicine.

Stephan was one of the keynote speakers Friday at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children’s 51st Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. The event held at a Chesterfield hotel was attended by several hundred educators, social workers, mental health providers and parents.

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