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 named WORLDiscoveries Annual Vanguard Awards – Innovator of the Year

Dr. Claire Crooks, director of Western's Centre for School Mental Health and co-founder of The Fourth R healthy relationships program, has received the prestigious WORLDiscoveries Vanguard Innovator of the Year award for 2022.


Researchers collaborate on mental health training to support Ukrainian children

A collaborative team including Dr. Claire Crooks, the director of the Centre for School Mental Health, recently travelled to the Czech Republic to train a group of social workers and psychologists on the mental health program STRONG (Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups).


Congratulations to our master's students

Summer is usually a time for students to relax and recoup from the busy school year. But for two of CSMH's graduate students, this summer meant successfully defending their master's theses and capping off their research work with the Centre. 


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