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A Legacy of Safer Schools and Healthier Students

Lower rates of violence. Reductions in drug abuse. Increased availability and delivery of mental health services and family support. After more than a decade and a half, these are the types of successes the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative has had in cities, towns, counties, and states across the United States.
The SS/HS Initiative recognizes that violence among young people is caused by a multitude of factors—including early childhood experiences, family life, mental health, and substance abuse issues—and that no single action can be counted on to prevent it. As such, the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative takes a comprehensive approach, drawing on the best practices and the latest thinking in education, justice, social services, and mental health to help communities take action. Learn more.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework

The best resource and backbone of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) work is the SS/HS Framework. The framework helps grantees and their partners understand and plan a comprehensive approach to mental health promotion and youth violence prevention. Learn more.

Children’s Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention

The National Resource Center helps capture what is occurring in the field and across the country. Each week, we monitor hundreds of media outlets to share national conversations about early childhood development, mental health, and youth violence prevention. Take a moment to review a sampling of some news stories. Read more.

Learn About the Impact of Alcohol Advertising, Impact of Early Substance Use, Sustaining Learning Gains in Kids, Social and Economic Aspects of Inequality in Youth Well-Being, and More

In this issue, we present studies that bring to light the impact of alcohol advertising among middle school–age youth, the processes and illustrative examples of evidence-based programs from CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Centers, the social and economic aspects of inequality in youth well-being, the roles that peers play in adolescent dating—and more. Read more.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grantee Summit 2016

In May, Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees from across the country joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention in our nation’s capital for a three-day meeting on sustainability and expansion of the SS/HS Initiative in states and communities. Read more.

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The contents of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention newsletter and website were assembled under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The newsletter and website is operated and maintained by AIR and is supported by grant number 5U79SM061516-02 from SAMHSA. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.