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Data shows students concerned about returning to class

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Being young can be difficult for some and with the stresses of school and pressure of social media, mental health is a concern many parents have.

The findings show some young students do need mental health services, but there are obstacles that can make help hard to come by.

A survey by Telosity shows one in two students feel stressed over going back to school in person.

50% of Arizona students say school shootings are at the forefront of their concerns and while school counselors are available, low staff means less one-on-one time with students.

A local high schooler, Kaylee Woods, says the thought of an active shooter on campus is frightening but is confident in the campus’ safety protocols.

“It's definitely a thought when you see scary things in the news, but I guess having trust in my school and my community is definitely something that’s made me feel a little bit better about it," said Woods.

The survey also shows over 60% of these students prefer 24/7 telehealth appointments compared to seeing a therapist in person.

“A lot of people my age, they can’t exactly drive and go to a therapist. So, being able to access things through your phone, which people have with them almost at all the times, it’s such an easy way to get help," said Woods

Telosity’s founder, Anish Srivastava, shares that survey findings show that school as an entity causes stress and anxiety among students.

“Young people, in general, identify school as a cause of mental health struggles," said Srivastava. "So, that can be triggered back to school, finals, just all the dynamics that young people are dealing with.”

Because of the youth mental health crisis, the Biden Administration recently secured close to 300 million to strengthen mental health services in schools.

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Jacqueline Aguilar

Jacqueline Aguilar is Yuma native who joined KYMA in January 2022.

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