Though the issue of mental health in our school systems has been an issue of concern for many years, the recent tragic and unfortunate violent events that have taken place at schools have brought much public attention to this topic.
Recently, school mental health become a Congressional issue. In March, 2013, Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill: Helping Educators Support All Students Act. While the Foundaiton does not typically participate in advocacy, APF sent a letter applauding and supporting her efforts.
The American Psychiatric Foundation has been involved in school mental health since 2004 when it piloted its Typical or Troubled?TM School Mental Health Education Program. This program educates middle and high school personnel to recognize warning signs of potential mental health problems and follow appropriate steps to connect their students to help.
In 2010, APF expanded its participation in the school mental health arena when it launched, in partnership with the Jed Foundation, the Transition Year Initiative and transitionyear.org. This program is aimed at helping high school seniors and their parents navigate the potential emotional issues associated with the transition between high school and college.