The need for mental health education and services has never been greater. Even before COVID-19, 1 in 5 young people experienced a mental health challenge (Merikangas et al., 2010). Today more than 1.5 million children have lost a loved one during COVID-19 (NIH, 2021) and many young people have faced isolation, school closures, and economic anxiety during the public health crisis which have further exacerbated these problems and created new barriers for young people to get help. Recent research suggests that depression and suicide concerns have increased during the pandemic, especially among female adolescents (Mayne et al., 2021). In fact, nearly two-thirds of U.S. parents report that their child has recently experienced a mental or emotional challenge (Jed Foundation, 2021).
Unlike COVID-19, the emotional implications of the pandemic --can’t be vaccinated away. While school leaders have identified students’ mental health as one of their top concerns, most educators do not feel confident in their ability to identify students who might require additional mental health supports (Learn Well Services, 2021).
Young people need social and emotional skills, mental health literacy, social supports, and trauma-informed and culturally responsive mental health care services to build their resilience so they can continue to navigate the challenges ahead. Let us help your school get started!
It is imperative that schools incorporate trauma-informed practices and offer social-emotional learning for all ages. However, with so many programs out there, how do you choose the right evidence-based program/s for your students? Let us help you. We can guide you in a strategic process to choose the right evidence-based program for your school community based on your students’ needs, your budget, and your timeline.
This service can include a key stakeholders engagement process to ensure students, parents/caregivers, and staff are invested in the program from the beginning. The Mental Health & Resilience Group can also develop an implementation road map to help you identify each step of the implementation process. We can also create custom training for your students, staff, or parents.
See our School Infographic with more details about our school services and the rationale for why they are needed.
Jed Foundation and Fluent Research.( 2021). Fluent Family Wellbeing Study. Retrieved from: https://jedfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Family-Wellbeing_JED-report_12-28-20.pdf?_ga=2.77995671.2094976035.1631719582-419901199.1631719582.
Learn Well Services. (2021). Addressing K-12 Students’ Emerging Mental Health Needs. Retrieved from: https://learnwellservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LW_K12MentalHealth_WP_FINAL.pdf
Mayne, S. L., Hannan, C., Davis, M., Young, J. F., Kelly, M. K., Powell, M., ... & Fiks, A. G. (2021). CoViD-19 and adolescent depression and suicide risk screening outcomes. Pediatrics, 148(3).
Merikangas KR, He JP, Burstein M, Swanson SA, Avenevoli S, Cui L, Benjet C, Georgiades K, Swendsen J. Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in U.S. adolescents: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication--Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Oct;49(10):980-9. PMID: 20855043
National Institutes for Health (NIH). 2021). More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retrieved from: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/more-15-million-children-lost-primary-or-secondary-caregiver-due-covid-19-pandemic.