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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! This is a great time to highlight the importance of mental wellness and school-based mental health services to children's positive learning and development. Here NASP members can get ideas and resources for promoting children's mental health awareness here.

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 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! NASP is an official partner in Creating Community Solutions and the National Institute for Civil Discourse's Text, Talk, Act program to help raise awareness about mental health among young people. We encourage you to bring Text, Talk, Act to your school. Simply gather your students in small groups and text START to 89800.

Speak Up for Kids Campaign

NASP is a partner in the Child Mind Institute's 2015 Speak Up for Kids campaign, a free nationwide public awareness campaign designed to protect and promote children's mental health. Speak Up for Kids 2015 features the Change Maker Awards and a new Children's Mental Health Report. The Change Maker Awards honor trailblazers, organizations, and local heroes who give voice to children's mental health. The Children's Mental Health Report will be an annual data-driven summary of key information about children's mental health to illustrate needed reforms.

“I Care By” Campaign

NASP is also a partner organization for the I Care By campaign, a joint project with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire which focuses 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. Visit the website to take action steps and to access the resources, videos, and information about the award-winning documentary film, Who Cares About Kelsey.

NASP Mental Health Resources

Recommended Video

President's Remarks

NASP President Stephen E. Brock, addresses the relationship between mental health and student success, and the need to provide the nation's children and youth with access to high quality school-based mental health services.

NASP 2015 Convention — Keynote Address

Keynote speaker the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, discusses why mental health is critical to the health and wellbeing of all Americans, public policy imperatives, and his own journey toward mental health and recovery.

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.