Thinking Ahead to Implement – Part Three
An Emerging Best Practice – Universal Mental Health Screening (Part 3)
By Shelley Seslar, Managing Director, Behavioral Health Services, NCESD
Published October 25, 2022
In the previous two installments (click here to read Part 2), we introduced Universal Mental Health Screening (UMHS) and how to get started developing support for UMHS at your school. In this third post, we will go deeper into the important preparation for success – developing your school’s WHY, the rationale for UMHS in your community. We will describe informative lessons learned by your colleagues in the field who have implemented and sustained a UMHS program in their school.
In order to clarify the goal of Universal Mental Health Screening (UMHS) at your school, work on your explanation for “Why”. Refine your rationale and goal in order to engage a broader multi-disciplinary team of collaborative partners. You may benefit from having research and guidelines to offer your partners when you set out to build support for UMHS and the work to prepare for implementing it.
We have collected some of those resources below. Please reach out to Shelley Seslar at NCESD for partnership as well.
In our next installment, we will discuss the logistics of a successful UMHS event, requiring strong planning for the screening event and, importantly, a robust plan for post-screening follow-up.