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Become a School Mental Health Champion

 

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Together, we can improve learning and promote success for America’s youth by strengthening programs, policies, and practices in school mental health. Everyone—students, parents, educators, policymakers, community leaders, providers, advocacy organizations, national organizations, and mental health and health organizations – has a role to play and can be a champion for accelerating the wide-scale adoption of quality comprehensive school mental health systems across the nation.

The foundations of school mental health are outlined in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document developed by the National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup; please read more below about how to become a strategic partner for the Workgroup

Be a Champion for your School

Be a Champion for your School

To become a School Mental Health Champion for your school, commit to at least one action that will effect change. All school mental health champions are encouraged to sign up and use the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System, a public-access, web-based platform that offers individuals, schools, districts, and states/territories assessments, a workspace, and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement.

 Example champion actions include:

  • Disseminate key messages to advance school mental health within your sphere of influence (e.g. through newsletters, websites, meetings etc.)
  • Consider using messages in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document
  • Speak with your local school to encourage using the SHAPE System (www.theSHAPEsystem.com)
  • Establish family-school-community partnerships to support school mental health
  • Gain school community buy-in on the importance of school mental health
  • Facilitate student and family partnership with school mental health services and supports

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Be a Champion for your District

Be a Champion for your District

To become a School Mental Health Champion for your district, commit to at least one action that will effect change. All school mental health champions are encouraged to sign up and use the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System, a public-access, web-based platform that offers individuals, schools, districts, and states/territories assessments, a workspace, and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement.

Example champion actions include:

  • Disseminate key messages to advance school mental health within your sphere of influence (e.g. through newsletters, websites, meetings etc.)
  • Consider using messages in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document
  • Designate time and resources to build, enhance, and sustain comprehensive school mental health systems
  • Engage in data collection, reporting, dissemination, and continuous quality improvement
  • Provide ongoing professional development training for all school-based staff on the strategies and skills needed to promote positive academic, social, emotional, and mental health

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Be a Champion for your State/Tribal Nation/Territory

Be a Champion for your State/Tribal Nation/Territory 

To become a School Mental Health Champion for your state/tribal nation/territory, commit to at least one action that will effect change. All school mental health champions are encouraged to sign up and use the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System, a public-access, web-based platform that offers individuals, schools, districts, and states/territories assessments, a workspace, and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement.

Example champion actions include:

  • Disseminate key messages to advance school mental health within your sphere of influence (e.g. through newsletters, websites, meetings etc.)
  • Consider using messages in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document
  • Develop statewide training and implementation support for districts to improve school mental health (e.g. host an annual state school mental health conference; develop and disseminate a school mental health website; provide technical assistance to schools on developing and implementing effective school mental health systems in schools and districts) 
  • Promote cross-sector engagement, goal setting, and decision making to advance a coordinated school mental health vision and best practice strategies
  • Convene a coordinated school mental health council

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Be a National Champion

Be a National Champion 

To become a national School Mental Health Champion, commit to at least one action that will effect change. All school mental health champions are encouraged to sign up and use the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System, a public-access, web-based platform that offers individuals, schools, districts, and states/territories assessments, a workspace, and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement.

  • Disseminate key messages to advance school mental health within your sphere of influence (e.g. through newsletters, websites, meetings etc.)
  • Consider using messages in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document
  • Engage in cross-agency collaboration with clearly identified actions, outcomes, and accountability
  • Promote awareness of strategies among regions and states to help achieve high-quality, sustainable school mental health systems
  • Establish jointly issued funding opportunities with synchronized requirements across agencies, including expansion of school mental health initiatives
  • Fund national and regional centers to execute research and innovation

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Be a Champion within your Organization

Be a Champion within your Organization

To be a champion within your organization, commit to at least one action that will enhance your organization’s commitment to advancing comprehensive school mental health systems.

Example actions include:

  • Promote awareness of the core features of school mental health
  • Disseminate key messages to advance school mental health within your organization (e.g. meetings, emails etc.)
  • Consider using messages in the Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems guidance document
  • Identify other people in your organization to work towards advancing comprehensive school mental health systems
  • Build on core features of school mental health based on your organization or stakeholder group perspective

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Be a Strategic Partner with the National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup

Current Strategic Partners

The NCSMH, in partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, is working with the following strategic partners to support the uptake and advancement of comprehensive school mental health systems:

Using key content from the Guidance Document, the partners are working to develop customized products (e.g. guidance documents, videos, infographics, webpages) about school mental health that engage their audiences. The final products will be shared here as they are completed.

What is the National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup?

The National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup (“the Workgroup”) is made up of school mental health experts from the federal, national, state, local, and district levels. The mission of the Workgroup is to:

  • accelerate the wide-scale adoption of quality comprehensive school mental health systems in schools
  • foster partnerships and peer exchange opportunities that empower school mental health champions at the local, state, and national levels
  • elevate standards, processes, and strategies at the local, state, and national levels that will drive best practices, reduce barriers and ensure infrastructure that supports sustainability and continuous quality improvement of school mental health systems

The Workgroup gathered input from the broader field via local, state, and national meetings, resulting in the development of Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field.  The report offers collective insight and guidance to local communities and states to advance comprehensive school mental health systems. 

Become a Strategic Partner with the National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup

Strategic Partners to the National-Federal School Mental Health Workgroup provide guidance and feedback based on lessons learned from your role, organization, and/or network. Advisors should be representatives from an organization that is engaged in school mental health.  Example activities of advisors to the Workgroup include:

  • Giving advice and help the Workgroup understand issues and adapt activities in a variety of contexts
  • Bringing information and lessons learned from your network back to the Workgroup
  • Joining the Workgroup periodically to contribute your knowledge and expertise

If you are interested in becoming an advisor to the Workgroup, please complete this application. The application includes several short essay questions.