May 23, 2024

Addressing Mental Health in Schools

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Addressing Mental Health in Schools: The Menta Education Group's Approach

By Casie Caldwell, Director of Business Development, The Menta Education Group

Before we close out Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s crucial to address a topic that deeply impacts today’s students: mental health in the classroom. With increasing research and general awareness, it’s clear that mental health challenges among children and teens are more prevalent than ever before. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the most common mental health issues in schools are anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The Menta Education Group recognizes the urgency of addressing these issues and stands out as a leader in providing comprehensive mental health support in educational settings. Here’s how Menta differentiates itself in tackling mental health challenges and fostering a supportive learning environment for all students.

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

At Menta, we understand that social and emotional competence is fundamental to building resilience in students. Our SEL programs are designed to help children develop critical skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These programs create a foundation for students to handle life’s challenges effectively, both in and out of the classroom.

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Every student is unique, and their educational plans should reflect that. Menta is committed to creating individualized IEPs that detail the special education services each child needs. These plans consider a student’s behavior, and physical, mental, and emotional health, ensuring that each child receives personalized support. Our IEPs are crafted with input from educators, clinicians, and the students themselves, creating a holistic approach to their education and well-being.

Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are a cornerstone of Menta’s approach. By clearly identifying and posting positive behavioral expectations in all classrooms, we create a consistent and supportive environment. Teachers and clinicians collaborate to teach students the necessary skills to meet these expectations through various social-emotional learning activities and strategies. This proactive approach helps in reducing behavioral issues and promoting a positive school climate.

Blended Learning Approach

Menta’s innovative blended learning approach addresses the unique needs of individual students by combining traditional classroom methods with independent study. This hybrid teaching methodology not only incorporates technology into the classrooms but also offers a new way for teachers and students to engage with the learning material. By tailoring education to fit each student’s needs, Menta ensures that every student can thrive academically and emotionally.

Person-Centered Planning

Understanding and planning for a student’s future is crucial to their success. Menta’s person-centered planning process involves the student and a support team working together to outline a roadmap based on the student’s hopes and dreams. This approach motivates students by creating realistic and achievable goals, which are then integrated into their IEP/Transition document or career plan. By involving the entire support system, we ensure that each student has a comprehensive plan that guides their educational and personal development.

“At The Menta Education Group, we firmly believe that mental health is foundational to educational success. Our commitment to supporting the unique needs of every student is unwavering. We recognize that addressing mental health is not just an addition to our educational programs—it is integral. By integrating tailored mental health supports, we ensure that each student not only attends school but thrives within our learning environments. Every day, we strive to create spaces where mental health is prioritized, understood, and nurtured, so every student can achieve their full potential.”

– Rory Conran,CEO, The Menta Education Group

Leading the Way in Mental Health Support

The Menta Education Group’s dedication to addressing mental health in schools is evident through our comprehensive and student-centered approaches. By promoting social and emotional learning, creating individualized education plans, implementing positive behavioral supports, utilizing blended learning, and focusing on person-centered planning, Menta sets itself apart as a leader in the field. As we continue to innovate and adapt to the needs of our students, we remain committed to fostering an environment where every student can succeed and thrive.

For more information on how Menta Education Group is leading the way in mental health support in schools, contact us here. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our students, ensuring they have the support they need to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential.