NASN School Nurse Podcast - Mental Health Issues in High School Settings

By NASN Profile, Registered Nurse posted 10-27-2017 09:41

The latest NASN School Nurse podcast examines the article Educator Preparedness for Mental Health in Adolescents: Opportunities for School Nurse Leadership.

Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast, and reading the article online.

One in five adolescents will experience a mental health event in their lifetime. If left untreated, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, and anorexia/bulimia can elevate the risk of dropping out of high school. As a key principle of 21st-century nursing practice, school nurses must provide leadership in educating school staff in identifying and responding to mental health issues in high school settings. This article describes the results of an online survey assessing secondary educators’ knowledge of and experience with mental health issues in one school district. Resources are suggested to assist nurses in educating school staff, providing them with ways to decrease stigma in the classroom, and partnering with the community to improve services.