Mental Health/Social Emotional Learning
School Mental Health
Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
(World Health Organization).
Four key messages to supporting mental health:
1. Single System of Delivery
- One committed and functional team guides the work, using data sources at all three tiers
- Evidence Based Practices/Interventions integrated at each tier
- Plan to build capacity across staff
- Training and coaching in place for ALL staff (community and school employed)
- Staff are competent and confident in identifying, intervening, and/or referring
2. Access is NOT enough
- Interventions matched to presenting problem using data and are monitored for fidelity and impact
- Teams and staff are explicit about the types of interventions students receive
- Skills acquired during interventions are supported by ALL staff
3. Mental Health is for ALL
- Positive school climate and culture serves as a protective factor.
- Social/emotional/behavioral health is addressed with the same level of attention and concern as academics.
- Social behavior skills taught and reinforced by ALL staff across ALL settings, and embedded in ALL curriculum.
- Behavior and social emotional examples used to explicitly teach what behaviors look like and sound like across school settings.
4. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is Essential to Install School Mental Health
- Apply data-based decision making
- Formal process for selecting and implementing evidence-based practices
- Ensure early access to supports
- Progress monitor for both fidelity and impact
Mental Health Resources
& Crisis Help Lines
If you are a full-time LCPS staff member in need of assistance with challenges affecting your personal well-being and your ability to perform your job, such as:
- relationship, marital, and family problems
- financial or legal difficulties
- emotional or stress related problems
- drug or alcohol abuse
- depression and/or anxiety
- problems related to work
The Employee Assistance Program is available to confidentially assist you and your immediate family members with these concerns. Call 800-327-7272 for assistance.