Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Suomala-Folkerds


children and adolescent mental health, school-based curriculum, psychoeducation, early intervention, prevention, stigma.


It has been long debated whether mental health education should occur in public school systems, and whether or not teachers should be required to be competent in areas relevant to children and adolescent mental health concerns. A lack of communication between practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and educators has delayed the incorporation of evidence-based methods into school curriculum and have had detrimental consequences on the mental health of developing children and adolescents (Cohen, 2006). This literature review aims to review the current mental health related content in US public schools and compare it to research on effective methods for improving the overall mental health of students, teachers, and their families to address the gap between research and education. To take this a step further surveys on teacher’s current perception of supporting students with mental health will be investigated and areas where teachers feel they need to build more competencies around will be highlighted.



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