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Public Health Framework

A public health approach to mental health has been advocated by the World Health Organization1 and provides the guiding framework for Every Moment Counts, emphasizing the promotion of mental health as well as the prevention of and intervention for mental illness. National leaders in the field of children's mental health have also promoted the adoption of a multi-tiered public health approach.2,3,4,5,6,7 This continuum of care is also referred to as a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS tiers) and supports a change in thinking from the traditional individually-focused deficit driven model of mental health intervention to a whole-population, strength-based approach.

MTSS tiers being used in elementary school classroom

"Education and mental health integration will be advanced when the goal of mental health includes effective schooling, and the goal of effective schooling includes the healthy functioning of students".2