School Mental Health

The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA has an excellent site with resources to take comprehensive action and focus on learning supports and addressing barriers to learning and teaching. Highlights include:

Center for School Mental Health
At the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Children's Mental Health Awareness
This hot topic from AASA provides an overview of children's mental health awareness.

Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools
The results of a 5-year collaborative project with 24 national organizations, more than 300 educators, school administrators and health professionals helped the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses write and edit each of these guidelines. An excellent resource!

IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership hosts the annual conference on Advancing School Mental Health.

National Alliance on Mental Health

National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
With funding by CDC-DASH, this organization provides technical assistance to school-based health care centers to provide effective mental health services. Their publication What Students Say About Mental Health (PDF) gives voice to youth with mental health issues.

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students (PDF) - from Principal Leadership Magazine of the National Association of School Psychologists

School-Based Mental Health:An Empirical Guide for Decision-Makers by Krista Kutash, Albert J. Duchnowski, and Nancy Lynn
The guide provides practical information and advice for those engaged in developing and implementing effective evidence-based services in the school setting.
Provides resources for school leaders to enhance mental health promotion, prevention, treatment and referral.

Systems of Care
This portal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Absue and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information about the mental health of children, youth and families.