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Mental Health Awareness

Mental wellness and school-based mental health services are extremely important to children's positive learning and development. Here NASP members can get ideas and resources for promoting children's mental health awareness.

School Psychologists Provide Essential School Mental Health Services

Mental health services provided in schools should be appropriate to the learning environment and support the mission and purpose of schools; those that are not risk being ineffective or even counterproductive. School psychologists (pdf) play an essential role in the provision of quality, evidence-based services. We have specialized training in child development, mental health, learning, and school systems. Our unique expertise lies in how these elements interact to shape children's behavior, learning, and overall adjustment.

Text. Talk. Act. Program

Get students talking about mental health, now through October 31, 2014. NASP is partnering with Creating Community Solutions and the National Institute for Civil Discourse to help raise awareness about mental health among young people through their Text, Talk Act program. We encourage you to bring Text, Talk, Act to your school. Anytime now through October 31st, simply gather your students into small groups and have them text START to 89800.

Speak Up for Kids Campaign

NASP is a contributing partner in the Child Mind Institute’s 2014 Speak Up for Kids campaign, a free nationwide public awareness campaign designed to protect and promote children’s mental health. The campaign began during May is Mental Health Awareness month, but the resources and archived events may be used throughout the school year.

Participate in the social media outreach effort by sending a twitter message supporting children’s mental health using the hashtag #ISpeakUp.

Show your support with an #ISpeakUp selfie sign. Download, print, and fill it out to show how you speak up for kids. Share on social media using the hashtag #ISpeakUp!

“I Care By” Campaign

NASP is a supporting partner of the I Care By campaign. Throughout the coming school year NASP will be promoting campaign messages that focus on supporting children and youth with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. The campaign provides participants with specific positive actions to take that have been proven to be successful in supporting youth with behavioral challenges, along with ways to share these actions and encourage others to do the same. Read more in the issues summary.

NASP Mental Health Resources

Recommended Video

Mental Health Support Lacking In Many Local Schools

The I-Team found some Massachusetts school districts falling well below standards when it comes to one measure of mental health services for students.

Districts Fall Short of Recommended School Psychologists

Watch NBC4 Washington's story highlighting the role of school psychologists in supporting children’s mental health, and the need for a lower ratio of school psychologists to students.

Recommended Reading

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Guidelines for School Practice.
Get expert guidance that will help you support the needs of youth experiencing depression.
School Psychologist as Counselor is the first book to address how counseling can be integrated with academic and behavioral interventions.