How a counselor shortage is hurting students struggling with anxiety, depression

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School counselor shortage hurts students with anxiety, depression

School counselor retention was already a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to mental health experts. They said it’s only gotten worse in recent years.

Nicole Cortes, Zioni Moore and Whitney Souffrant

Special to USA TODAY

On a typical school day at Miami Lakes Educational Center, kids rush to and from classes as others gather to eat in the cafeteria. Gabriella Fuster, an 18-year old senior, enters the bathroom. She walks into a stall and closes the door behind her.

Then she cries. 

“I’ll hide in there for a good 10, 15 minutes,” Fuster said.

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