Promoting the behavioral and mental health of youth is critical to promoting their cognitive and academic achievement. When youth have stressors, feel unsafe or are dealing with adversity, their ability to learn is impaired.Indiana Youth Institute, 2019
Videos About School Mental Health
Half of the 7.7 millionHalf of the 7.7 million US children with at least one mental health disorder do not receive treatment. (Whitney & Peterson, 2019)
3.8 millionAn estimated 3.8 million Hoosiers live in mental health professional shortage areas (57.9% of the state’s population). (Indiana Youth Institute, 2020)
56.6 million 56.6 million students will attend K-12 schools across the US in 2019-20. (National Center for Educational Statistics 2019) Schools provide a unique opportunity to identify and treat mental health conditions by serving students where they already are. (National Alliance on Mental Illness, n.d.)
Articles About School Mental Health
The Kennedy Forum details a framework for schools and community/health services to collaborate in order for ensure adequate mental health support.
Five things schools can do to help pupils’ mental health. (The Conversation, July 6, 2017)
Practical tips for teachers and schools to support student mental health.
Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health. (NPR Ed, September 20, 2016)
Outlines how a multi-tiered system of supporting mental health works in schools.
The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning. (Edutopia, July 18, 2014)
A neurologist explains the link between mental health and learning.
Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Education. (SW Helper, June 22, 2016)
Explains why mental and emotional health need to be a central part of education.
Student and Learning Supports: Moving Forward. (School Mental Health Project UCLA, January, 2016)
Proposes a shift in school improvement policy and provides a prototype for a comprehensive, and equitable student and learning supports system. Learning supports are defined as resources and practices that support physical, social, emotional and intellectual education.
More Information About School Mental Health
Educational resources explaining the science of trauma and stress and how to reduce the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on children’s health. Screening questionnaire for pediatric providers and clinical treatment for families in the San Francisco area.
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
George Washington University’s resource and technical assistance center develops school-connected strategies for better health and education outcomes for children.
National Center for School Mental Health
University of Maryland’s technical assistance, research and training center.
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University provides modules and learning materials centered around trauma informed care.
Mental Health America: Back to School ToolKit
Information and resources for professionals, parents and young people supporting mental health.
Indiana Youth Institute. (2020). 2020 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book: A Profile of Hoosier Youth. Retrieved April 27, 2020 from https://www.iyi.org/indiana-kids-count-data-book/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (n.d.). Mental Health In Schools. Retrieved October 5, 2019 from https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools
National Center for Educational Statistics (2019). Fast Facts. Back to school statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2019 from https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372
Whitney, D.G. & Peterson, M.D. (2019). US National and State-Level Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders and Disparities of Mental Health Care Use in Children. JAMA Pediatrics,173(4), 389–391. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5399