Developing a Comprehensive Mental Health Program in Your School-Community

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Children and youth spend most of their time in school, making schools a gateway to needed health, behavioral, and mental health services. Schools play a key role in providing safe and supportive environments and offer the ideal setting for identifying needs, addressing challenges, and ensuring children, youth, and families will thrive. 

This online module describes why school mental health is important and offers best practices on how to develop, implement, and sustain a comprehensive school mental health program. The modules discuss: 

  • Why schools play a critical role in addressing the social and emotional needs of students; 
  • How to develop strong and meaningful partnerships and collaborations with youth, family, and community;
  • How to select evidence-based programs and practices to support school mental health; and 
  • How to evaluate and inform quality of improvement to sustain a comprehensive approach to school mental health.