Why care about
students' mental health?
Schools are where children spend most of each day. While schools are primarily concerned with education, mental health is essential to learning as well as to social and emotional development. Because of this important interplay between emotional health and school success, schools must be partners in the mental health care of our children. (President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2003, p. 58.)
Mental Health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity.(US. Dept. of Health & Human Services, 2001)