Schools Need Collaboration, Not Packaged Solutions, for Best Mental Health Programs
many schools lack the capacity to access and fully adopt (...) programs.
the gap between research and practice in school mental health remains the primary barrier to helping schools meet the growing mental health needs of their students.
researchers have not given enough consideration to the unique context of schools, leaving many schools unable to capitalize on new ideas and scientific evidence
Too often researchers are ready with the solution before they really know what the problem is. What schools really need is help sorting through everything they're already doing to figure out what's working and what's not, and that can be difficult.
We need to start by asking schools and communities what they need from science and then partner with them to help them evaluate their innovative home-grown solutions and identify, implement, and sustain new programs