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    Mental health plays a substantial role in the safety and overall climate of a school. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder and even more show signs of depression. Educators also struggle with mental health, with recent surveys suggesting half or more describe themselves as under high levels of stress and in a “not good” mental health condition. These issues can disrupt the educational environment and lead to negative outcomes for students. By focusing a lens on mental health, schools can support and promote the safety of all members of the school community through new initiatives and fresh perspectives on existing practices. (Texas School Safety Center)