Mental Health Awareness Month and Speak Up for Kids
May is National 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. NASP members can get ideas and resources for promoting children’s mental health awareness here.
NASP Partners With Speak Up for Kids Campaign
As a centerpiece for mental health promotion during May, NASP is teaming up with the Child Mind’s Institute’s Speak Up for Kids, a free nationwide public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health and learning disorders in children and teens. During National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012)—and throughout the school-year—NASP members are giving talks for parents and teachers on topics such as ADHD, childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, bullying prevention, behavior issues, and positive parenting.
NASP/Speak Up for Kids Flyer (PDF)
Read a message from Child Mind Founder, Dr. Harold Koplewicz
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.
Children’s mental health matters. Early identification and support can transform lives.