New Resource Provides Expert Guidance on Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
Positive mental health can have a significant impact on a child’s academic performance and overall well-being. A national team of mental health experts, including the Bainum Family Foundation, today released a new resource that calls for:
- Offering comprehensive mental health services and resources in a place that’s already central to the lives of children and families: schools
- Taking a public health approach to school mental health by focusing on prevention and early identification of mental health and substance abuse concerns, not just treatment of them
The insights offered in “Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance From the Field” are designed to promote positive school climate and safety, strengthen social and emotional learning, and foster mental health and general well-being, while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness. The document also conveys the urgent need to act now to ensure that integrating comprehensive, high-quality school mental health systems into all U.S. schools becomes standard practice.
Source: Bainum Family Foundation