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
Small groups program for preventing violence and promoting healthy relationships to be adapted for vulnerable youth
Dr. Claire Crooks and her team are pleased to announce they have received $5 million in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Administrators and educators role in preventing problematic substance use
Learn more about Preventing Problematic Substance Use Through Positive Youth Development in the latest issue of the CAP Journal - The Canadian Resource for School. (page 17)
PREVNet's Newsletter Series for Educators: A Series of Safe and Accepting Schools Newsletters for Educators
As a member of PREVNet, sharing these newsletter resources allow educators to continue to access evidence-based strategies and practices to promote healthy relationships in the classroom and school community, as well as help teachers support the optimal development and well-being of students.