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Harvard research shows effectiveness of school-based mental health programs

Aug 13, 2017, PsychCentral: School-Based Mental Health Programs Reach Large Numbers of Kids https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/13/school-based-mental-health-programs-reach-large-numbers-of-kids/124550.html New findings published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry show that school-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children and effectively improve mental health and related outcomes. Approximately 13 percent of children and teens worldwide have significant mental health problems including anxiety, disruptive behavior disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and depression. If left untreated, these disorders can remain throughout adulthood and have negative effects in many aspects of life. A large number of interventions have been designed to deliver preventive mental health services in schools, where children and teens spend so much of their time. Now a growing body of evidence shows that school-based mental health programs can be widely implemented and can lead to population-wide improvements in mental health, physical health, educational, and social outcomes. …