Mental Health

mental health

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.


Featured Resources

Title page for resource with "Delivering Services in School-Based Settings: A Comprehensive Guide to Medicaid Services and Administrative Claiming"

Provides guidance for how CMS is expanding access to Medicaid health care services in schools, including behavioral health services, and reducing administrative burden for states and schools.

Grantee Highlight: Eureka City Schools
On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, Eureka City High School in Eureka, California, officially opened its new wellness center in partnership with its federally qualified health center partner, Open Door, via their Mental Health Service Professionals (MHSP) grant. The high school’s is the first of many to be developed across Eureka City Schools [ECS] campuses. These centers will aim to fulfill Priority Area 3 of the ECS Strategic Plan, which focuses on Social-Emotional Wellness.
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Are we in the midst of a mental health “crisis” for college students and other young people? How should campus administrators and faculty members be thinking about the mental health of their students and their roles in addressing it? This episode explores an issue that has been at or near the top of the worry list for those who work in and around higher education, as learners report record levels of depression, anxiety and other conditions; strain campus counseling and health centers seeking treatment; and struggle academically, sometimes to the point of stopping out altogether.
Guiding Principles for Creating Safe, Inclusive, Supportive, and Fair School Climates

Identifies five guiding principles and suggests actions schools and school districts can take to create inclusive, safe, supportive, and fair learning environments. 

Project AWARE

Shares strategies to build and expand the capacity of State Education and Mental Health agencies that oversee school-aged youth. Key facets of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) program include training for school staff and other adults on how to identify and respond to mental health challenges, along with connecting school-aged children and their families with needed resources. 

Describes opportunities for colleges and universities in building comprehensive school mental health services. This brief highlights strategies and exemplars to help accelerate innovation and advancement in K-12 school mental health systems.

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Provides data on the prevalence of common behavioral health issues while sharing information and customizable tools to promote student mental health. This suite of school mental health resources were developed to help state and local education agencies develop and sustain school mental health programs. 

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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.

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