Mental Health

Mental health plays a substantial role in the safety and overall climate of a school.

Mental health plays a substantial role in the safety and overall climate of a school. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder and even more show signs of depression.1 Educators also struggle with mental health, with recent surveys suggesting half or more describe themselves as under high levels of stress and in a “not good” mental health condition.2 These issues can disrupt the educational environment and lead to negative outcomes for students. By focusing a lens on mental health, schools can support and promote the safety of all members of the school community through new initiatives and fresh perspectives on existing practices.

Articles

Student Fear of Violence

May 2016

Fear of violence at school is a particularly concerning issue that can lead to truancy, weapon carrying on school property, poor academic achievement, and other unfavorable outcomes. Learning more about what ‘fear’ is and what contributes to student fear can help educators reduce the negative consequences associated with being afraid or perceiving risk while at school. (Read more…)

Helping Students Cope with Trauma after a Disaster

July 2013

Similar to adults, students are just as likely to encounter trauma either through personal experience or indirect knowledge of disasters that have occurred. These traumatic events can include the death of a family member, classmate, or teacher, violent event and a natural disaster. Unlike adults, however, students cope with trauma differently... (Read more…)