Teen Mental Health: Supporting Schools and Expanding Resources

Time & Location

3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Rates of mental illness and suicide have risen markedly among teens in recent years, as has substance use. Given the importance of early screening and access to resources, leaders are working with schools and taking new approaches to get teens help when they need it most.

This webinar explored:

  • How schools are a primary provider of mental health services for teens and present an opportunity for wide-scale intervention
  • Recent data trends showing a reduction in teen illicit drug use but an increase in teen suicide deaths and vaping
  • Best practices from a multi-state learning collaborative working to increase access to Medicaid services in schools including mental health services
  • How public and private partners are working to make mental health accessible in schools by providing school staff with trainings, online resources and continued support from trained coaches


The Federal Perspective on Adolescent Mental Health and the Value of Schools

Kathleen Ethier

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide

John Auerbach

Trust for America's Health

Building State and Local Collaboration to Expand School Mental Health Services

Alexandra Mays, MHS

Healthy Schools Campaign

Effective Mental Health Services, Accessible in All Schools

Audrey Harvey, MPH, CPH

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Effective Mental Health Services, Accessible in All Schools

Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD

TRAILS; University of Michigan Medical School

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Published on: January 28, 2020. Updated on: February 22, 2021.

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