Mental Health

Mental Health
Mental Health


Mental health challenges for students K-12 have increased significantly in the past several years. School nurses are frontline healthcare professionals, and frequently are the first school staff to identify students with symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. According to the 2019, Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), students that identify as LGBTQIA and BIPOC have expressed higher incidences of bullying, social isolation, and mental health challenges. School nurses work in collaboration with other school healthcare professionals and community providers to support upstream approaches to improve the mental wellbeing of students.

NASN Resources

Position Statements

The Behavioral Health and Wellness of Students

Bullying and Cyberbullying - Prevention in Schools

School Violence - The Role of the School Nurse

Use of Individualized Healthcare Plans to Support School Health Services

Use of Restraint and Seclusion in the School Setting


Elevating the Role of School Nurses in School-Based Mental and Behavioral Health (A Consensus Document)

Elevating the Role of School Nurses on School Behavioral Healthcare Teams (1.0 contact hour)

Emotion Management K-6 (1.0 contact hour)

The Poster Hall: Presentations include:

The Ripple Effect of Trauma: Secondary Traumatic Stress (.25 contact hour)

Mental Health Continuing Education Preferences for School Nurses: Results from the NASN 2015 National Survey (.25 contact hour)

Mental Health Education for School Nurses (.25 contact hour)

NASN School Nurse Chat: Mental Health and Digital Technology - Podcast

Depression in Children and Adolescents: Guildlines for School Practice - Paperback manual

The links below have been identified by NASN as Internet resources that might be of interest to you. NASN does not intend to make any representations about the content on the linked web sites, nor does NASN intend to endorse any products associated or featured on any of those web sites.

National Guidelines

National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Additional Resources

Child Mind Institute

Mental Health Training Intervention for Health Providers in Schools (MH-TIPS) 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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Page last updated July 2022.