Christopher Page Jr., the principal at Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado. “We’re definitely supporting more kids in more ways than maybe we could have or would have in the past,” he says. “But is that enough? No. We always want to do more to be better by kids.” Credit: Rachel Woolf for The Washington Post

A few years ago, Christopher Page Jr.’s Colorado high school was rocked by a spate of student deaths, including three by suicide. So the longtime principal was troubled when he couldn’t fill a school psychologist job for an entire year. Nobody had applied. This summer, he finally hired a budding social worker who was still finishing her last two classes.

He helped get her an emergency license, which was not hard, because there is an emergency.

In his area and elsewhere, the student mental health crisis is unfolding as the nation’s schools face a shortage of counselors, psychologists, social workers and therapists — each problem amplified by the other, and all of them worsening since the pandemic began. “There’s just such an […]

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