Mental Health

Serious Young Man Talking To Counsellor or Teacher

The emotional and psychological well-being of individuals promotes healthy development, functioning and increases the capacity of individuals to live productive lives while striving towards reaching their full potential. 

A major aspect of the school environment includes promoting the mental health of all students, and the provision of programs and services to address those needs.   

School mental health programming include an array of services that address prevention, early intervention and treatment needs of students to facilitate well being and positive healthy youth development.

School mental health programming include an array of services that address prevention, early intervention and treatment needs of students to facilitate well being and positive healthy youth development.   

The provision of mental health services involve partnerships between schools and community health/mental health organizations guided by families and youth and is culturally and linguistically competent.  Services are integrated into existing school programs, services and strategies focusing on the student population as a whole.

Mental health professionals provide additional student supports in schools.

Schools are a natural setting for the provision of programs and services that meet the mental health needs of students. Schools strive to create safe, caring and enriching environments that foster healthy student development, positive academic outcomes, and reduce problems

Student mental health is directly connected to positive academic outcomes and student achievement.

Addressing the mental health needs of students enhances factors that increase a student’s ability to succeed in and reduces factors that interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in school.  School mental health strategies have been shown to improve academic outcomes, reduce disciple referrals, increase graduation rates, increase student attendance and facilitate a positive school climate. 

References

Weist, M. D. & Paternite, C. E. (2006). Building an interconnected policy-training-practice-research agenda to advance school mental health. Education and Treatment of Children, 29, 173-196.

Cunningham, D. (2011). The Role of Mental Health in Schools. Presentation at the 2011 OSDFS National Conference: Washington, DC.

 

Featured Resources

Hand with the word "help" on it

Offers tips with how one can suspect a friend or family member experiencing an emotional crisis. Follows up with examples to make a difference.

American Psychological Association
Mixture of multi ethnic groups talking

Presents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and States sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide. These strategies include: strengthening economic supports; strengthening access and delivery of suicide care; creating protective environments; promoting connectedness; teaching coping and problem-solving skills; identifying and supporting people at risk; and lessening harms and preventing future risk. 

Cover page of resource

Provides telehealth guidance for school psychologists, including benefits and concerns, certification and licensure, legal and ethical implications, and recommendations. Resources are provided in PDF form from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Pictures of people smiling or at a computer screen

Includes telepsychology tips and resources from the American Psychological Association.

Cover image from a web landing page featuring guidelines

Includes guidelines for providing telepsychology that are informed by relevant American Psychological Association (APA) Standards and Guidelines.

Cover page of best practices featured in the series

Offers a series of webinars that introduce the learner to the ins and outs of tele-psychology provided by the American Psychological Association.

Cover image of the front page of a guide

Includes a uniform set of technology standards for professional social workers to use as a guide in their practice.

Graphic of a virus particle including emergency shutdown information

Walks through steps to continue school counseling with technology provided by the American School Counselors Association.

Parents and stuents comforting one another

Focuses on changing norms, environments, and behaviors in ways that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as to lessen their harms when they do occur.

Front page of the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety guide

Shares what the Federal Commission on School Safety found in research and recommends to advance safety in schools via prevention, protection and mitigation, and response and recovery. It touches on promoting mental health, addressing related discipline issues, and violence in schools.

Federal Commission on School Safety

Related Resources

Research

Products

Websites