The kids are not all right.

Even before the pandemic began, more than 1 in 3 high school students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. In many communities, those numbers have skyrocketed.

But in some places, educators and others are experimenting with new ways to address students’ mental health needs — or reinvent old strategies.

In this reporting collaborative, the Education Labs at, The Dallas Morning News, The Fresno Bee, The Post & Courier and the Seattle Times partnered with The Christian Science Monitor, The Hechinger Report and the Solutions Journalism Network to produce this series of solutions-oriented stories.

Mental health: Is that a job for schools?

Care for students’ mental health needs is increasingly falling on schools. But concerns about ethics, privacy and overburdening educators have some people wondering: Who actually should bear the responsibility?