Supporting Mental Health in Iowa Schools

Supporting the Well-Being of Students

Good mental health is a critical part to students’ success in school and life.

Research has shown that students academically achieve better when they receive social-emotional and mental health support. Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness but also includes the areas of social-emotional-behavioral well-being and the developing coping skills to better handle life’s challenges. When schools develop mental health programming it also improves classroom behaviors, creates a more positive school climate, students feel more connected to school/staff and overall student well-being.

When student mental health issues are ignored, it can lead to more issues such as learning problems, failing grades, acting out behaviors, dropping out, and criminal activity.

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Recognize Symptoms

Behavioral changes in yourself, your friends, or your students can be a sign that person may benefit from mental health support. Learn how to recognize the signs of mental distress so you can get connected to someone who can help.

Find Support Services

Research shows that intervention at the earliest signs of mental illness can minimize symptoms and improve the quality of life for the person afflicted. Get connected to mental health resources and assistance today.

Advocate for Mental
Health Awareness

Mental health advocates are a key element to promoting good mental health in our schools. Advocates support those who are struggling, while at the same time build awareness of the mental health challenges for students.

Take Care of Yourself

Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish; looking out for your own mental health enables you to support your friends and family when they need you most. Learn about ways you can work on self-care daily.

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Get in Touch
with Your Local AEA

Iowa’s AEAs (Area Education Agencies) employ mental health professionals and are passionate about helping children of all abilities achieve their potential. We work with families and providers together to identify and address specific concerns and priorities as they relate to the child’s overall growth and development.

If you have any questions about AEA services or concerns about your child’s development, the staff at the AEAs are always happy to help.

Contact Your Local AEA

Iowa’s AEAs (Area Education Agencies) employ mental health professionals and are passionate about helping children of all abilities achieve their potential. We work with families and providers together to identify and address specific concerns and priorities as they relate to the child’s overall growth and development.

If you have any questions about AEA services or concerns about your child’s mental health and well-being, the staff at the AEAs are always happy to help.