HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Mental health issues continue to impact children and teens, now compounded by the ongoing pandemic. On Monday, the Hillsborough County School District highlighted the steps they’re taking to get students the mental health resources they need.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show mental health issues continue to increase among students.

According to that data, in 2021, more than a third of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 44% reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year.

The CDC reported that schools should provide mental health support for students.

Now, community leaders and agencies are working together to combat mental health issues as needs grow daily.

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