LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Some families of children suffering from mental health issues are finding it difficult to access services, leaving public schools to become the front line for helping students with mental health concerns. The Lewiston Tribune reports that families may not be able to access help for their child for a number of reasons including lack of adequate health coverage, poverty and stigma. Lewiston School District social worker Steve Button says that when families are unable or unwilling to get help for their child with mental health concerns, it creates challenges for everyone involved.

Button says it is even worse for schools in rural districts that don't have designated mental health teams. Clarkston School District school psychologist Julie White says people struggling with poverty are at higher risk of mental health incidents.