More than two-thirds of parents (70%) believe their child is experiencing more burnout than they are.
A new survey of 2,000 parents of school-age children found that 66% of parents said their child comes home with a “low mental battery” after school and half of them noted some form of stress and signs of stress. exhaustion in your child.
The main signs that were recognized were changes in sleep patterns (44%), changes in appetite (37%), physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches (35%), decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities ( 34%) and avoidance of social interactions or activities (33%).
Many parents feel that schools should play a role in supporting their children’s ability to cope with stress and burnout, and 81% of parents want schools to offer more easily accessible mental health services.
Schools are struggling with a major challenge: a lack of adequate staff to support the growing mental health needs of students. Shockingly, only 14% of schools meet the American School Counselor Association’s recommended ratio of one school counselor for every 250 students.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Presence, a leading provider of remote assessments and teletherapy, found that parents are actively looking for solutions, but not everyone knows how to provide the tools their child may need.
Seven in 10 wish there was a manual on how to talk to your children about mental health.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends a ratio of one school psychologist per 500 students to provide comprehensive psychological services, but the current national ratio is estimated at 1:1127, based on NASP analysis.
“Students spend a significant part of their lives in school – it’s the best environment to identify stress, burnout or behavioral challenges and address them immediately,” said Stephanie Taylor Ed.S, NCSP and vice president of clinical innovation and outreach in Presence. “However, staffing shortages are significant, so it is important that schools explore innovative and effective solutions that improve access to mental health professionals for children in need.”
The survey results show that parents are willing to use technology or teletherapy if it means their children can access the help they need. Six out of 10 parents have sought help from teletherapy or online therapy services.
Additionally, almost half of parents would consider support groups and peer counseling programs (49%), mindfulness or meditation practices (41%), and therapy and counseling (39%).
When it comes to talking about feelings and emotions, the survey found that nearly a third of kids communicate their feelings and emotions to their parents or guardians only once a week or less, with some waiting up to two to three weeks.
The top three feelings that parents admit their children struggle with are stress (39%), anger (30%), and depression (29%).
Parents would also appreciate help from schools, as 83% believe it is important for schools to offer mental health counseling to students, according to the survey.
“By reaching out to schools and learning about the mental health services that are offered, parents can take the first step in helping their children,” Taylor said. “Yes, schools are struggling to provide the degree of mental health services that they would like to provide, but many parents may be surprised and relieved by what the school can offer.”
TOP 5 SIGNS OF BURNOUT IN KIDS
● Change in sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, or sleeping more than usual: 44%
● Change in appetite, such as eating more or less than usual: 37%
● Physical complaints, such as headaches or stomach aches: 35%
● Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities: 34%
● Avoidance of social interactions or activities: 33%
THE MAIN STRESSORS CHILDREN FACE TODAY
● Screen time and use of social networks: 28%
● Changes or transitions, such as a move or a new school: 26%
● Social pressure and peer relationships: 26%
● Anxiety and worry about the future: 24%
● Bullying or harassment: 22%
● Lack of sleep or irregular sleep patterns: 22%
● Financial stress or instability: 21%
● Health problems or chronic illness: 20%
● Family problems: 18%
TOP 7 RESOURCES PARENTS WOULD CONSIDER TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN’S MENTAL WELL-BEING
● Support groups or peer counseling programs: 49%
● Exercise or physical activity – 47%
● Mindfulness or meditation practices: 41%
● Therapy or counseling: 39%
● Personalized Learning Coach: 38%
● Art or music therapy: 33%
● Pet therapy or animal-assisted interventions: 30%
Presence commissioned this randomized, dual-participation survey of 2,000 parents of school-age children between March 9-13, 2023. It was conducted by the market research company A pollwhose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership in the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR).