11 May. 2017
Schools are the logical point of entry to increase the efficacy of mental health services to children and adolescents. As multidisciplinary entities, schools are the best places to integrate and to coordinate the efforts of teachers, administrators, families, and mental health service providers to foster the mental health of students.
Offering services in the schools improves access to treatment. Accessible, affordable mental health services are most easily and consistently provided in the educational setting. Problems of transportation, accessibility, and stigma are minimized when such services are provided in schools.
Mental health is directly linked to educational outcomes. Schools are the optimal place to develop psychological competence and to teach children about making informed and appropriate choices concerning their health and many other aspects of their lives; schools are the only organization in our society to which virtually all children and adolescents are consistently exposed for extended periods of time.