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Foundations for Scalable and Sustainable School Mental Health Practices

This resource provides a summary of key foundations that are common to boards and schools that have managed to introduce, scale and sustain identity-affirming mental health programming effectively.

The Foundations for System Leaders outlines the structures and processes for scalable mental health-promoting practices. The resource describes the foundations and shares what system leaders do within each of the seven areas.

When system leaders attend to these seven foundations and supporting elements, the conditions for coherence and focused direction are in place for the uptake of high-quality practices in support of student mental health and well-being. 

How might I use this guide? 

System and school leaders can use this resource for personal and shared reflection. It can also help mental health leadership teams identify their strengths and growth opportunities in these areas, which can be used to complete their annual Board Scan.