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CCSD dealing with mental health crisis, 18 student suicides since last March

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:59:29-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County School District is dealing with a mental health crisis.

18 students have taken their own lives since remote learning began last March.

In a shocking new report, the New York Times is shining a light on CCSD.

Supt. Jesus Jara says the suicide number is twice what the district saw in the previous school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone including children and teenagers.

RELATED: CCSD trustees pass plan to invite small groups of students back to classrooms

Many are struggling after months of isolation and virtual school classes.

This afternoon, the Hope Means Nevada Teen Committee had a virtual meeting where, among other things, they shared how this pandemic has affected them.

CCSD psychologists are also having a hard time being unable to see their students in person. Some even feel they can do their job as effectively as before.

Officials say help from parents is vitally important to spot signs of suicide and teach students how to cope with stress.

Parents can also contact their children’s school and request a counselor, social worker, or psychologist to speak with their child.

13 Action News has been unable at this time to independently verify the number of suicides among CCSD students.