In-School Mental Health Services Benefit Students
In-School Mental Health Services Benefit Students
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

A recent study analyzing the Effectiveness of School-Based Mental Health Services for Elementary-Aged Children,” conducted by researchers at Florida International University's Mental Health Interventions and Technology Program, has found that in-school services provided to kids struggling with mental health issues can greatly benefit them. Because many families cannot afford traditional, clinical treatment for their children, having early treatment options available in schools can decrease the number of mentally ill children who go unnoticed and unhelped.

Research has found that school-based mental health programs are actually proving effective and are flourishing in many forms. These programs vary in structure, from afterschool care to daily or weekly in-class assessments of emotional needs. Most students receive the majority of their assistance from teachers rather than school guidance counselors, so it is important to devote time and understanding to assessing and helping students with mental health issues, and incorporating those methods into established, as well as new, curriculum. Teachers already have a lot on their plates, but simple training can go a long way in providing the programs students need to feel safe.

This Education Week article focuses in on the effectiveness of these mental health services provided in schools as well as the next steps to take in the process of better assisting mentally ill students. Warning signs of mental illness often arise in the early years of a child’s education, and continue to develop if a student does not receive the treatment he or she needs in order to adapt. Teachers and counselors in schools can fundamentally benefit these students when they most need support.

For more resources on the possibilities and effects of in-school programs for mental health, check out the following resources: