According to the National Association of School Psychologists (http://www.nasponline.org) schools are excellent places to promote good mental health. Schools are key environments in the lives of children and are a natural setting in which to deliver programs aimed at social emotional learning. As cited by the World Health Organization (2005) “Schools have a profound influence on children, their families and the community. Young peoples’ ability and motivation to stay in school, to learn and utilize what they learn is affected by their mental health. Schools are crucial in building or undermining self-esteem and a sense of confidence.”
Educators are often among the first to detect signs and symptoms, and the school setting can also be an effective environment through which to organize and deliver services. Thus, there is increasing recognition that the school system has an important role to play in mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention.
The following links may be helpful to educators and other school personnel:
“StressOFF Strategies: A Stress Management Workshop for Teens” is a school-based workshop designed to help teenagers better understand stress and become familiar with strategies that promote healthy ways of dealing with stress.