Prevention and early intervention programs within schools can support students' mental health by reducing stigma and improving student support. Ensuring that teachers and other school staff have up-to-date knowledge of mental health issues will help students to understand what is happening for them and improve the overall wellbeing of the school community.
Schools play a vital role in reducing mental health stigma and helping students to cope with various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and eating disorders. A safe and supportive environment encourages students to disclose information regarding their mental health and to seek the support they need.
ReachOut Schools’ mental health information and resources are designed by professionals specifically for school staff. These resources increase teachers' mental health literacy by explaining key mental health terms and outlining the broad range of supports available to students. Teachers will feel more confident about starting conversations on mental health with students and helping them to navigate their mental health concerns.