Mental health issues play a major role in the levels of education ultimately achieved by our children. There is also evidence that substance abuse is starting at younger and younger ages. Children with untreated mental health or addiction problems have many obstacles to learning that can affect whether or not they lead positive, productive adult lives.
Including behavioral health services in children's lives and schools will ensure our students have an equal chance to succeed in school. Strategies that bring families, schools and professionals together will improve behavioral and academic outcomes for children and youth.
These online resources provide a starting point for fostering mental health in school-aged children.