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Tier 1: Mental Health Promotion

Universal Embedded Strategies for ALL

Mental health promotion services at Tier 1 are geared toward the entire student body, including the majority of children/youth who do not demonstrate behavioral or mental health challenges. At this level, the emphasis is on promoting positive mental health and preventing behavioral and mental health problems.

mental health promotion MTSS tier 1Research supports whole-school mental health promotion. In a systematic review of universal approaches, positive evidence of effectiveness was found in programs that implemented year-long whole-school approaches emphasizing positive mental health as opposed to prevention of mental illness.1 Although most school-based programs tend to focus on the prevention of mental disorders2, the implementation of school-wide mental health promotion initiatives over two years was found to improve social-emotional and academic performance.3

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Remember this:

6 Key ingredients of Mental Health Promotion
  • Positive emotions
  • Meaningful activities
  • Supportive environments
  • Mental health literacy 
  • Embedded strategies
  • Building Capacity