NHASP’s Key Messages
Healthy, effective learning environments start with healthy, focused kids.
● NH children who have 1 or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions has increased from 46,000 in 2007 to 52,000 in 2011-2012 (Kids Count Data, 2015) – an increase of 5%.
● NH students bring many physical health and mental health burdens with them to school every day. 29% receive free or reduced lunch, 22% report bullying in the past year, and 11% live in poverty (Kids Count Data, 2015).
Healthy learning environments require schools to ensure access to a range of mental and behavioral health services.
● No matter how good the curriculum and instruction are, a negative learning environment, and poorly developed social and emotional learning competencies will interfere with student outcomes.
● Students who receive instruction in social emotional competencies score 11 percentage points higher on academic outcomes.
● Schools that provide comprehensive behavioral and mental health services have improved outcomes.
School psychologists are uniquely qualified to provide mental and behavioral health services in the school setting.
● School psychologists provide comprehensive services within the learning environment to support the social-emotional well-being of our children.
● School psychologists provide mental and behavioral health services that are proven to increase academic performance.
● School psychologists can collaborate with and lead other school employed mental health service providers.
● Families and children are more likely to seek out mental health support in schools.