Mental health concerns intensify in classroom

AT THE READY: Eileen Crudele, director of special education at Smithfield Public Schools, says each school has a full-time psychologist, and there are five social workers to handle an uptick in mental health issues among students. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
AT THE READY: Eileen Crudele, director of special education at Smithfield Public Schools, says each school has a full-time psychologist, and there are five social workers to handle an uptick in mental health issues among students. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Over the years, school administrators and mental health professionals have noticed a steady increase in mental health issues among young children and teens. For some school districts, this gradual incline is now a spike. Rhode Island is no exception to this significant increase in mental health issues, according to R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “There

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