School Mental Health Education
Research has shown that the quality of the school climate may be the single most predictive factor in any school’s capacity to promote student achievement. When young people are educated about mental health, the likelihood increases they will be able to effectively recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and others and will know where to turn for help. Health education that respects the importance of mental health, as well as the challenges of mental illness, will help young people and their families and communities feel more comfortable seeking help, improve academic performance and, most importantly, even save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “focusing on establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.” An equally important part of this conversation is to help students identify risk and protective factors, as learning and resiliency can result in positive decision-making and life-long success, which are the primary goals of health and education.
Board of Regents Items
- May 2018 the NYSED Board of Regents Permanently Adopted Proposed Amendments to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. To view the amendments, the NYS Mental Health Education Advisory Council’s Panel Presentation to the Board of Regents, the Advisory Council Membership and the twenty-six recommendations please click on the following NYS Board of Regents Mental Health Education May 2018
- January 2018 Proposed Amendment to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to Mental Health Education in Schools; and the NYS Mental Health Education Advisory Council.
- May 2018 Memo releasing an informational one-pager and accompanying power point presentation to assist schools in understanding their obligations to expand instruction in mental health and to use as a teaching tool for other stakeholders.
- Clarification on the Board of Regent’s adoption of Commissioner’s Regulations on Health Education
Schools should utilize the wealth of education resources to develop and/or adopt their own curriculum aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, and tailor instruction and programs based on local level needs.
- September 2018 School Mental Health Resource and Training Center established by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) is to help schools comply with the new law. The Center provides free online mental health training (CTLE-eligible) and instructional resources for educators, as well as mental health resources for parents and guardians, students and community-based mental health providers.
- October 2019 (updated) Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools: Linking to a Continuum of Well-Being Comprehensive Guide
- September 2018 (updated) Informational Page
- September 2018 (updated) Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools Power Point
- May 2018 New York State Education Department's Office of Student Support Services promotes school improvement by focusing on social and emotional development and learning through various programs, services and activities supporting health and well-being.
- August 2016 Mental Health Resources for Educators
- NYS Center for School Health
- CDC Childrens Mental Health
- New York State Office of Mental Health
- Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc
- New York State Department of Health
- NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
- CDC Healthy Schools
- Shindler, J., Jones, A., Williams, A.D., Taylor, C., Cardenia, H. (2016). The school climate-student achievement connection: If we want achievement gains, we need to begin by improving the climate. Journal of School Administration Research and Development 1(1), 9-16.