School-Based Mental Health Service Policies
What is school-based mental health?
School-based mental health refers to the provision of mental health services within schools, or in partnership with schools, to support the mental health and well-being of students. This approach recognizes that schools are important settings for promoting positive mental health, and that addressing mental health issues among students can have a significant impact on their academic success, social and emotional development, and long-term well-being.
School-based mental health services can take many forms, including counseling and therapy, psycho-educational groups, crisis intervention, and consultation and collaboration with teachers and other school staff. These services may be provided by a school-employed mental health professional, such as school psychologists, counselors, clinicians or external mental health providers who work in partnership with the Titan Wellness Center.
Research has shown that school-based mental health services can be effective in reducing mental health problems among students, improving academic outcomes, and promoting overall well-being. In addition, school-based mental health services can help reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues and provide early intervention for students who may not otherwise receive mental health support.
Overall, school-based mental health is an important approach to promoting positive mental health and well-being among young people, and can help ensure that all students have access to the support they need to succeed in school and beyond. Ensuring all students have access is a priority of San Marino Unified School District.