Teachers' Perspectives on School Mental Health Practices

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. define teacher perceptions of barriers and facilitators for supporting student mental health and any differences across school locale.
  2. understand teachers’ perceived confidence around their knowledge and skills to support student mental health and how that differs across school locale.
  3. describe how teachers’ perceived barriers to school-based mental health services relates to their confidence to support mental health needs of students, as well as identify relevant school strategies to support teachers.


Teachers are central to the success of school mental health efforts. This presentation provides findings of teacher perceptions of barriers to successful school mental health services and teacher confidence in their knowledge and skills to support student mental health. Findings will be reported considering the impact of school locale. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of teacher perceptions of school mental health services and future needs to best support teachers’ role in school mental health.



Teagan N. Twombly, University of Wisconsin Madison
Eliza S. Godfrey, University of Wisconsin Madison
Elizabeth K. Davis, University of Wisconsin Madison
Alexander D. Latham, IV, University of Wisconsin Madison


Stanley A. Garbacz, Craig A. Albers


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