The Growing Importance of Mental Health in Charter Schools

The Growing Importance of Mental Health Access in Schools (Part 1) | A Collaborative Series with TadHealth

“With the demand for support at an all-time high, the challenge is removing silos and promoting existing programs.”

The awareness of mental health challenges among students is growing significantly. Organizations like The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have jointly declared a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health1American Academy of Pediatrics.

Despite this growing recognition that students are struggling, unfortunately, many students remain unaware of the support systems available to them, highlighting a critical gap in awareness and accessibility within school environments.  

Mental Health Support Charter Schools

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Research indicates that a significant portion of students lack knowledge about where to seek help during crises or for ongoing mental health support.  

48% of students do not know where to turn to get mental health support.2Born This Way Foundation | Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission

33% of students do not know where to go in a crisis.3Inside Higher Ed

This lack of awareness underscores the need and urgency for schools to bridge the gap between available resources and students’ needs. With the demand for support at an all-time high, the challenge is removing silos and promoting existing programs.  The same goes for staff and family members. It is crucial to draw attention to existing services so your community knows where to find them and can easily utilize them.   

Unique Stressors Faced by Students

In schools across the country, students encounter a unique set of stressors that can adversely impact their mental well-being: 

Academic Pressure4Transformations Care Network

Resource Constraints5The Baker Center for Children and Families | Evidence-Based Policy Institute

Lack of Specialized Support6EdSurge

Parental Expectations7Relational Psych | Dr. Carly Claney 

Socioeconomic Disparities 8California Budget & Policy Center

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School-Based Mental Health Services in Enhancing Student Well-being  

School-based mental health programs have continued to emerge and expand to address the challenges students face today. One of the more prominent developments was the emergence of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model. The model recommends different courses of action to support the different needs of students at each tier.   

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While schools should have a plan and resources for each support tier, spending time on the first tier is especially crucial. Proactively addressing mental health within the school environment through Tier 1 support can mitigate crises and foster a supportive ecosystem benefiting students, staff, and families alike.   

Benefits and Sustainability of School-Based Mental Health Services

Mental health support in schools can have a tremendous impact on school climate, safety, and attendance. While schools may already have support in place, it is clear that students are not always aware of it. As the statistics indicated, 48% do not know where to go to access support9Born This Way Foundation | Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission 

While the various stressors faced by students create need for support at all levels of the MTSS model, it is necessary to begin with proactive support to build an effective program and make the most out of existing resources, This is beneficial for all tiers of support and can help alleviate demand in the long run. 

Stay tuned for the next post in this series, where we’ll dive more into the details of proactive support and how it can help to set up your school for success!


We recognize that navigating the complexities of student mental health services can be challenging. That’s why we invited TadHealth to share this guest blog series with helpful resources and advice. 

About TadHealth

TadHealth provides the only end-to-end mental health solution connecting students, families, and staff to support available through the school and community. From promoting awareness to providing evidence-based interventions, TadHealth offers school leaders the tools they need to provide, manage, and measure student well-being.  For more information, reach out to matt@tadhealth.com.

Footnotes

  • 1
    American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 2
    Born This Way Foundation | Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission
  • 3
    Inside Higher Ed
  • 4
    Transformations Care Network
  • 5
    The Baker Center for Children and Families | Evidence-Based Policy Institute
  • 6
    EdSurge
  • 7
    Relational Psych | Dr. Carly Claney
  • 8
    California Budget & Policy Center
  • 9
    Born This Way Foundation | Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission
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