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School Mental Health


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The school environment is an ideal place to begin the work of addressing mental health needs. Not only does the school offer a simple and cost-effective way of reaching youth, but it is also a convenient place where mental health can be linked with other aspects of health, such as physical health and nutrition, and with learning.

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School Mental Health

  1. 1. Understanding Mental Health in Schools
  2. 2. What is Mental Health?? Mental health refers to the maintenance of successful mental activity
  3. 3. What is Mental Health?? This includes maintaining productive daily activities and maintaining fulfilling relationships with others
  4. 4. What is Mental Health?? It also includes maintaining the abilities to adapt to change and to cope with stresses
  5. 5. Today we know that Mental Disorders are Brain Disorders
  6. 6. Therefore, Mental illness can occur when the brain (or part of the brain) is not working well or is working in the wrong way.
  7. 7. Many of the mental disorders begin at the exact time that youth are in or entering Jr. High, High School or University
  8. 8. What impact do you think this has on students?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Mental health problems may lead to: </li></ul><ul><li>School drop outs </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in learning </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in performance </li></ul><ul><li>More truancy </li></ul><ul><li>School failure </li></ul>
  10. 10. So schools can be a great location for mental health promotion, early identification and intervention.
  11. 11. What is needed to create mental health integration in schools?? Surprisingly little
  12. 12. We need policies and plan that recognize integration of mental health into educational institutions What is needed to create mental health integration in schools??
  13. 13. We need to develop and implement mental health curriculums What is needed to create mental health integration in schools??
  14. 14. We need to train teachers to understand and recognize mental health problems in students What is needed to create mental health integration in schools??
  15. 15. We need to develop region-specific infrastructure and supports What is needed to create mental health integration in schools??
  16. 16. In addition, mental health needs of teachers may be similar to those faced by students
  17. 17. “ On-site” mental health models can also provide teacher support
  18. 18. After all, a more effective teacher, means more effective teaching, and more effective learners
  19. 19. Schools are also great locations for combating stigma associated with mental illness
  20. 20. Stigma is the polite word for discrimination It pervades our entire social structure Integrating mental health education in schools may help destigmatize mental illness
  21. 21. Our model to address mental health in schools
  22. 22. - Blue circles represent key groups/stakeholders - Yellow boxes represent mental health programs - Black arrows represent student flow
  23. 23. Education and Mental Health are part of the basic human rights of children and youth
  24. 24. And “Education for All” requires attention to mental health as a learning enabler
  25. 25. <ul><li>- School Mental Health Models </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Training Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to University Book </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Library </li></ul>