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NEW INFOGRAPHIC: Mental Health Strategies and Resources for K-12 Schools (SchoolSafety.gov

  • 1.  NEW INFOGRAPHIC: Mental Health Strategies and Resources for K-12 Schools (SchoolSafety.gov

    Posted 05-05-2023 07:30:00 AM
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    Mental health is an important part of a child's overall health and well-being. It is shaped by a combination of factors and can play a role in how children handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. According to recent studies, young people show alarming increases in the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges that have consistently increased over the past decade.

    Schools are critical partners in supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of students. In addition to education, they provide opportunities for social and mental health services and can serve as communities of support for children and adolescents in need. These efforts can help foster a positive and safe school climate, prevent worsening of mental health conditions, and create better outcomes for students.

    There are several strategies educators, school staff, and K-12 leaders can implement to promote youth mental health and reduce mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties with students at risk. 

    Learn more about these strategies and aligned mental health resources for K-12 schools in this new SchoolSafety.gov infographic. This latest resource includes available guides, tools, trainings, and programs that schools and school districts can use to implement mental health programs and initiatives within their community. We encourage you to download and share the infographic with others in the K-12 community as you see fit. 

    For additional resources and information on mental health and school safety, please visit SchoolSafety.gov and follow us on Twitter at @SchoolSafetyGov. If you have any questions, contact SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov

    Adam Lustig
    Director, Center for Safe Schools
    National School Boards Association
    Alexandria, VA