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.