Mental Health Awareness
Mental illness is a major global health issue. In the United States alone the National Institutes for Health reports that nearly 44 million adults (18%) experience mental illness per year. Raising awareness and increasing the understanding of mental health can change the way society views and responds to this complex issue. AIR promotes positive mental health through school and community-based approaches involving youth, families, school, health care providers, and other stakeholders.
Through research, training, technical assistance, evaluation, and policy work, AIR experts are at the forefront assisting states, schools, and communities in raising awareness and implementing strategies that have lasting effects on a number of topics, including:
- Trauma-informed care
- Mental health in schools
- Youth violence prevention
- Mental health in the juvenile justice system
- Bullying prevention
Learn more about mental health issues and strategies in the resources that follow.
The National Resource Center, operated by AIR, works closely with and offers many resources for states, schools, communities, tribes, and territories. Among them are self-paced learning modules and online learning events to support and provide training on a wide range of topics related to mental health promotion and youth violence prevention.
- The School Mental Health Modules series offers an interactive, self-paced learning experience on developing and implementing a comprehensive school mental health program at the school and community level with support from the state.
- The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Framework tool offers a systematic way that states and communities can work with multiple partners—education, mental health, justice, and law enforcement—to meet the needs of diverse children, youth, and families in promoting mental health and preventing youth violence while offering real-live examples from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded SS/HS grantees across the country.
- An e-book on core strategies to promote young child wellness highlights community experiences from SAMHSA-funded Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantees and offers creative approaches and innovative strategies that can inform early childhood efforts in all communities.