About school mental health literacy

Approximately 1 in 5 youth worldwide will experience a mental illness before they turn 25. Many will experience significant and substantial life challenges that may require help. New life challenges and opportunities require skills for successful adaptation and the building of resilience. This makes adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, prevention, early identification, and intervention. Not addressing these issues early and effectively may lead to negative short and long term outcomes. Evidence-based mental health literacy is a scientifically-established effective foundation for all mental health improvements.

School mental health literacy has four unique but integrated components:

  1. Understanding how to optimize and maintain good mental health,

  2. Understanding mental disorders and their treatments,

  3. Deceasing stigma, and

  4. Increasing health-seeking efficacy.

To learn more, visit http://www.teenmentalhealth.org/schoolmhl/