ERIC Number: ED470020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The ABCs of Children's Mental Health.
Whelley, Pete; Cash, Gene; Bryson, Dixie
Here's How, v21 n1 Fall 2002
The U.S. Surgeon General's 2000 Report on Children's Mental Health estimates that one in five children and adolescents will experience a significant mental-health problem during their school years. While the family is the primary source of support for a child's mental health, the increased stress and fracturing of today's life make it imperative that schools work with parents. With the help of school-based mental-health professionals, principals can develop and initiate a number of strategies designed to protect children by establishing their long-term capacity for positive behavior, social competency, academic achievement, and emotional well-being. Such strategies include fostering a sense of belonging, helping children adapt to change, accentuating the positive, and strengthening children's resiliency. A list of disorder symptoms is presented so educators can contact a mental-health professional should these signs occur. It is recommended that educators educate themselves on types and symptoms of mental-health problems, develop procedures for addressing potential problems, and utilize community mental-health resources and provide their names and numbers to parents. The brief concludes with one principal's description of her proactive approach to promoting students' psychological well-being, "You Do Whatever It Takes" (DeLanna Lacy). (RT)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Elementary Secondary Education, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, School Responsibility, Student Needs, Wellness
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50). Tel: 703-684-3345; Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.naesp.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
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