ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in the midst of a pandemic, doctors say paying attention to mental and emotional wellness is important now more than ever especially for students.
Olmsted County health officials say one in five Minnesotans faces mental illness each year. And one in 10 young people has experienced a period of major depression.
Dr. Casie Nauman is a school counselor at Rochester Public Schools. She says the pandemic has put additional pressure on young people already facing the many challenges of school life. It's been a year of uncertainty, isolation, fear of contracting the virus, and other worries.
Dr. Nauman says the district has students who were already at-risk and Covid-19 has only made it worse, even for those who don't suffer from mental health issues.
Dr. Nauman says if you're worried about your student's mental health, Rochester Public Schools has a "Mental Health Screener" on its website, and other resources to help families https://mhs.rochesterschools.org/student-support/emotional-and-mental-wellbeing