Brief / Fact Sheet / Tip Sheet
Administrators, Family / Community, Educators, Related Services / Support Staff
School Mental Health Initiative
School mental health (SMH) refers to a comprehensive, multi-tier system of supports, practices, and services that are integrated throughout the school community (schools, families, community, and business partners) to enhance the social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, and academic outcomes for children and youth. SMH practices address all aspects of the social, emotional, and character development of children and adolescents including mental and behavioral health, trauma and adverse childhood experiences, such as physical and sexual abuse, bullying, and substance abuse: universal strategies to promote the well-being and development of all students; selected, brief strategies to support students at risk of or with mild challenges; intensive, ongoing strategies to support those with significant needs.