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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
Integrate school-wide approaches to mental health interventions by applying the approaches identified in this book.