Mental Health

What is it and how schools can help

Mental Health Definition

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)

Why Should Mental Health Needs be Addressed in Schools?

· Approximately 20 per cent (one in five) of children and youth have a mental health problem (Waddell et al., 2002).

· Mental health problems can seriously impair children’s ability to be successful at school and in their relationships with their peers.

Supporting Minds: Educator’s Guide to Promotiing Students’ Mental Health and Well-being (p. 4)

Strategies and Resources

Mental Illness: What You See / What You Don't See