School Mental Health



This brief provides an overview of what’s currently happening on the issue of school mental health. We aim to share progress that’s been made, what changes are on the horizon, as well as what recommendations and resources are currently available to help students.  

     Download the issue brief here: Student Mental Health, In Brief

Resource Highlights

​​Fact Sheet

Our two-page Fact Sheets detail key research and steps that parents, schools, and policymakers can take to improve an issue impacting children’s mental health. 

     Download the Fact Sheet here: Strengthening Student Mental Health

​La Follette Comparative Analysis

In 2022, graduate students from UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Policy conducted a study for OCMH. The study included findings from a survey of Wisconsin school districts as well as interviews with district staff who work in school mental health; a comparative analysis of other states; and policy recommendations.

     Download the La Follette Comparative Analysis here: Wisconsin School Mental Health Services Comparative Analysis​​

​​​​​Mental Health Literacy Units of Instruction 

In 2021, lessons for elementary, middle and high school students were released which focus on developing the skills that students need to maintain mental health and wellbeing and recognize and support others who may be struggling. There were created in partnership with Department of Public Instruction, school staff, parents, and youth.

     Download the lesson plans here: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction​ ​ 

​Youth Mental Health Groups in Wisconsin

The Office of Children's Mental Health has begun mapping peer-led youth mental health groups active in Wisconsin. ​​​​Scroll over each dot to learn about the program model and where it is implemented. Are we missing your school's group? Email us at


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