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Mental Health

A guide to mental health resources at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Library.

Introduction

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution. – World Health Organization
 

WHY IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS?

Simply stated, stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that feel safe, can emotionally regulate, and can feel connection. However, due to the fact that these indicators either go unrecognized or there is a lack of knowledge about their effects on learning and behavior, children and youth with mental health issues are often identified or mislabeled as having behavior, discipline, and/or learning issues in a school setting.

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