SEL and Mental Health

The Continuum of Mental Health

School Mental Health Resources

Building SEL Resilience Among Students and Staff

Nellie Aspel, the director of exceptional children for Cleveland County Schools, in Shelby, N.C., has launched several initiatives to improve students’ social-emotional wellbeing and increase resiliency. She’s also ensured funding to expand these programs, including for students with disabilities, in the rural North Carolina district. The goal? Increased inclusion in learning for all of the district’s vulnerable students.



How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime


Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.




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