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

Claire Crooks gives inside look at Mental Health First Aid First Nations

Claire Crooks gives inside look at Mental Health First Aid First Nations

Dr. Claire Crooks describes the Mental Health First Aid First Nations program, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and how her research team has worked to evaluate it. (Skip to 15:07)


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Lapp at NAMHR Annual Meeting

Andrea Lapp presents at 2017 Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research Annual Meeting

Andrea Lapp, Project Coordinator for the Centre for School Mental Health was among 11 speakers invited to present at the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec on Friday, August 25.


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School Mental Health Services for Adolescents

Oxford University Press publishes NEW book "School Mental Health Services for Adolescents"

Evidence-based mental health services are lacking in many school systems, but especially in secondary schools. School Mental Health Services for Adolescents includes a range of expert guidance on implementation of school mental health services in secondary schools.


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