New Research: Mental Health Needs To Start At School


A fantastic brand new study has come out from the University of Minneapolis College of Education and Human Development supporting that:

" When schools employ intervention strategies, the rate of mental illness among their students is significantly reduced."

The article on the research was published on February 22, 2017 from the Minn Post. Here is an excerpt.

"Consider two facts:

1) American children spend a large percentage of their days at school.

2) The number of kids in the United States diagnosed with mental illness is on the rise.

Because he understands these two realities, Clayton Cook believes that school is the best place to address children’s mental health needs.

“School is the environment where kids naturally exist, the place where they spend the biggest chunk of their waking time,” said Cook, associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. “If kids can get their mental health needs met where they are, rather than having to travel to receive those services, they are more likely to get the help they need.”

To make sure that kids get their mental health needs met at school, Cook and his colleagues at the University and around the country have identified key intervention programs that have been proven to reduce the rate of mental illness among schoolchildren. They have also developed ways that schools can easily implement those programs for their students.

Cook’s research has shown that when schools employ these intervention strategies, the rate of mental illness among their students is significantly reduced.