Mental & Behavioral Health

Good mental health is important for everyone. Mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also means having the skills necessary to cope with life's challenges. If ignored, mental health problems can interfere with children's learning, development, relationships, and physical health.

School psychologists are uniquely trained to deliver high-quality mental and behavioral health services in the school setting to ensure all students have the support they need to be successful in school, at home, and throughout life.

School Psychologists and Mental Health Services 

Resilience and Wellness Promotion

  • How Caregivers Can Foster Resiliency (PDF)

    Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, widespread disease, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing successfully with life's challenges.

  • How Schools Can Foster Resiliency

    Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, widespread disease, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing successfully with life’s challenges...

  • Supporting Children's Mental Wellness: Tips for Educators (PDF)

    Educators can encourage mental wellness and promote social, emotional, and academic success. Good mental health is not simply the absence of illness, but also includes skills necessary to cope with life’s challenges...

  • Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times

    Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing with adversities like these. While most parents hope that their children never face extreme adversity, successfully facing tough situations can actually foster growth and give children the skills to be more resilient in the future.

  • Promoting Student Mental Health at School

    A summary of the research on improving comprehensive school mental health services featured in School Psychology Review Volume 50.

Additional Resources

Policy Priority

The most positive outcomes occur when mental and behavioral health services are provided by high quality professionals, such as school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors. NASP is committed to improving the capacity of individual school psychologists to provide school mental and behavioral health services.

Related Resource

Download a PDF version of this handout to print and share it with stakeholders and members of your school community.