ACT recently released a new report outlining a number of recommendations to improve mental health access among rural students and students of color. According to “Supporting the Mental Health Well-Being of High School Students,” a new report from ACT based on a 2019 survey of ACT test-takers, students of color were less likely than white students to say that they could reach out to a teacher or counselor if they needed mental health support (48% of African American students compared to 57% of white students).

Based on the results, the ACT’s recommendations included promoting the awareness of availability of existing mental health services; providing access to universal mental health screenings; increasing efforts to recruit and provide ongoing professional development for school counselors; increasing state and federal funding for school-based mental health support; providing mental health services through community partnerships; and establishing competitive grant programs to evaluate effectiveness. The results are based on a sample of approximately 5,300 10th-12th grade students who registered for the ACT and responded to the survey.

ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies, and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research, and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career.

This was reported by ACT on January 22, 2020.

Contact information: Center for Equity in Learning, ACT, Post Office Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243; 319-337-1270; Website: https://equityinlearning.act.org/


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