Prevention and early intervention programs within schools can support students' mental health by reducing stigma and improving student support. Ensuring school staff, including teachers, have up to date knowledge about mental health issues will help students 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 cope with various mental health issues including anxiety and depression. By creating safe and supportive environments, students will feel safe to disclose information regarding their mental health and are more likely to seek the support they need.
ReachOut Schools mental health information and resources are designed by professionals to help school staff. These resources have been designed to increase teachers' mental health literacy by explaining key mental health terms, and outlining the broad range of support available to students. Using them will help teachers feel confident to start a conversation about mental health with a student and help them as they navigate mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.