Centre for School Mental Health
Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The Centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.
News and Updates
Reducing stigma about mental health – empowering people to make a difference
A team of Western graduate students, Robyn Masters, Richelle Bird and Michelle Quaye, worked as part of the larger Global MINDS initiative this summer in Machakos, just outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, tackling mental health stigma. Masters and Bird, PhD candidates work under the supervision of Susan Rodger, Principal Investigator, Centre for School Mental Health and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western.
MindUP for Young Children Project announced in $1.3 million investment under Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre announced recipients of the $1.3 million in investments for four local programs to break the cycle of poverty, increase food security, find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.
Claire Crooks speaks on panel at 8th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention meeting
Claire Crooks was one of dozens invited to speak and participate in the 8th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention meeting, October 19 and 20, 2017.