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: Student Mental Health, In Brief
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: Strengthening Student Mental Health
Universal Screening is a best practice that can identify anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts in youth and then connect those students to resources. Universal Screening also helps youth identify their own skills and strengths they can use when facing challenges.
Download the Universal Screening Fact Sheet: Universal Screening
Learn more about Behavioral Health Screening: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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: 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: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
School-Based Peer-Led Wellness Programs in Wisconsin
As of the 2023 - 2024 academic year, there are over 300 schools in Wisconsin demonstrating their passion for mental health, suicide prevention, and wellness through student-led programs such as Hope Squad, NAMI Raise Your Voice Club, REDgen School, and Sources of Strength. Each dot represents a school participating in one of these peer-led wellness programs.
Are we missing your school's group? Complete this survey so we can showcase your school on our growing map!
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