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 Psychology and Mental Health

    School psychologists are uniquely positioned in schools to facilitate the development, delivery, and monitoring of prompt, effective, and culturally responsive mental and behavioral health services of prevention and intervention. … more

  • Prevention and Wellness Promotion

    School-based behavioral and mental health prevention and early intervention services promote psychological wellness for all children, improve positive child development, and maximize children's success in schools, families, and communities. … more

  • Self-Care for School Psychologists

    Self-care is an important part of our personal professional practice, a key component of prevention for ourselves and the children we serve, and critical to our ability to help others. … more

  • Military-Connected Families

    Military children, youth, and their families are a special part of our nation’s population. … more

  • Positive Behavior

    Supporting positive behavior at the individual or school-wide level can have a dramatic impact on the ability of students to achieve thier best and the climate in which they learn. … more

  • Mental Health Disorders

    Learn more about mental health disorders and what schools and school psychologists can do to support students and help them overcome these barriers to learning and achievement. … more

  • Addiction

    Addiction can present a significant barrier to a student's health and ability to learn and develop. Schools can play an important role in education, prevention, and intervention. … more

  • Trauma-Sensitive Schools

    Learn the role of school psychologists in supporting trauma-sensitive schools, consider relevant policy recommendations, and recognize the opportunities ESSA presents to advance access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services. … more

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

This book overviews different counseling approaches, provides example situations for their use, and demonstrates why these techniques are valuable skills for any school mental health professional to develop.