Today's school systems face unprecedented challenges, such as the lasting impact the COVID-19 pandemic left on students. Schools need ways to address the growing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide among youth. Mental health problems are treatable, and early recognition can help students get the care they need.
Treatment can also help prevent more severe mental health issues in the future, so the sooner the better. Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in schools is important to both the students but also the wider school community. Mentally healthy students are more likely to go to school ready to learn, actively engage in school activities, have supportive and caring connections with adults and young people, use appropriate problem-solving skills, have nonaggressive behaviors, and add to positive school culture.