Youth Mental Health
The pressures of modern life, the complexity of our social networks and relationships, even our early childhood experiences can elevate high levels of stress, emotion, and challenges to our mental health that are felt in our individual lives and in our communities. Having the support and insight to safely navigate these dynamics is part of what makes up our overall well-being.
Schools are increasingly aware of the importance of mental health and the impact of chronic adversity and chronic trauma. An estimated 70 – 80 percent of children who receive mental health services access those services at school. When schools support mental health, students typically have fewer disciplinary issues, can focus more on school work, and can develop skills to communicate better. This can translate to improved academic outcomes and better health later in life.
Resilience in School Environments (RISE)
Resilience in School Environments, or RISE, is designed to help create safe and supportive learning environments by cultivating practices that strengthen the social and emotional health of all school employees and students. RISE works with schools and districts to prepare staff to better understand and integrate social and emotional well-being into all aspects of school life, both theirs and their students.
Social Emotional Health
Social emotional health is the ability to understand and manage our emotions and to form relationships with the world around us. As places of learning and growth, schools are an ideal setting to support the social and emotional health of students, staff, and teachers.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Toxic stress and ACEs are an under addressed reason many individuals are unable to achieve their full potential. Schools can learn to recognize opportunities for enhancing resilience in their educational spaces and structures and reduce overall exposure to adversity.
National Healthy Schools Collaborative Back-to-School Guide
The National Healthy Schools Collaborative (NHSC) is a collective impact group of organizations working in health and education brought together by Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools. Part of the mission is to coordinate practices for health in education so every school succeeds, every educator excels, and every child thrives. The collaborative developed a comprehensive list of resources designed to help provide parents, educators, school staff, pediatricians, administrators and/or more with helpful information as the 2023-2024 school year begins. The following resources are available at no cost and can be shared widely.
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (Nadine Burke Harris)
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.