Alabama

By The Numbers

719,000

Number of K-12 Students (2022 Projection)i

54,000
Children with major depressionii
34,000

Children with major depression who do not receive treatmentiii

No data

Ratio of School Psychologists to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:500)

1:8,615

Ratio of School Social Workers to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:250)

1:418

Ratio of School Counselors to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:250)

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in Alabama

There is a national emergency in children’s mental health. Children and youth are experiencing soaring rates of anxiety, depression, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. 

Children and youth are experiencing soaring rates of anxiety, depression, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. Mental health challenges can affect success at school and in life, yet few students get the help they need to thrive.

The Hopeful Futures Campaign, a coalition of national organizations, is committed to ensuring that every student has access to effective and supportive school mental health care. The campaign’s school mental health report cards highlight accomplishments and provide important action steps to help address the children’s mental health crisis in every state.

At A Glance: State School Mental Health Policies

School Mental Health Professionals:

School-Family-Community Partnerships:

Teacher and Staff Training:

Funding
Supports:

Well-Being Checks:

Healthy School Climate:

Skills for Life Success:

Mental Health Education:

Little or no progress achieved

Some progress achieved

Meaningful progress achieved

Substantial progress achieved

HOW ALABAMA COMPARES State Rankings from Mental Health America iv   2015 2020 2021 2022
Overall State Rank for Youth Mental Health 28 20 24 20
Youth with At Least One Major Depressive Episode in the Past Year 33,000 / 8.69% 45,000 / 11.90% 49,000/ 13.13% 54,000 / 14.51%
Youth with Major Depressive Episodes in the Past Year Who Did Not Receive Treatment Not Asked 26,000 / 67.5% 31,000 / 69.7% 34,000 / 66.8%
Youth with Major Severe Depressive Episodes in the Past Year Not Asked 29,000 / 8.1% 23,000 / 6.4% 27,000 / 7.50%
Youth with Severe Major Depressive Episodes Who Received Some Consistent Treatment Not Asked 8,000 / 31.30% 6,000 / 25.9% 8,000/31.30%
Students Identified with Emotional Disturbance for an Individualized Education Program Not Asked 7,000 / 5.9% 1,406 / 2.09% 1,420 / 2.13%
Youth with Private Insurance That Did Not Cover Mental or Emotional Problems 1,322 / 1.95% 1,365 / 2.02% 7,000 / 5.9% 16,000 / 12.50%
Youth with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year 22,000 / 5.60% 15,000 / 3.96% 14,000 / 3.63% 12,000 / 3.19%
i. Projections of education statistics to 2022. National Center of Education Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved November 11, 2021, from https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014051.pdf.
ii. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.
iii. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.
iv. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.

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