Improving Academic Achievement Through Mental Health
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded grant funding to identify and build on resources that improve academic achievement through mental health. The goals of this initiative are to improve academic achievement and mental wellness in educational settings through culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health supports and interventions.
Through this three-year grant program, the foundation awarded nearly $2 million to Texas public schools, charter schools, school districts, college and university campuses, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.
- Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
- Children’s Grief Center of El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
- Communities in Schools of North Texas (Lewisville, Texas)
- Lockhart Independent School District (Lockhart, Texas)
- Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas)
- The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
- University of North Texas (Denton, Texas)
As expected, school personnel are focused on promoting strong academic achievement. However, an often-underestimated influence on performance is student mental health. Since the brain is not fully matured until age 20 or later, most students don’t have fully matured systems of emotional regulation and behavioral control during key educational phases: kindergarten through college. This can be a challenge for teachers and professors who have deep expertise in their specialties, but little training to support student mental health.
Fortunately, there is a range of well-researched mental health interventions linked to improved academic outcomes. Campus-based mental health systems provide social and emotional support for students, empower the people supporting students at school and at home, and address barriers to learning. Such systems ensure that mental health supports and interventions are appropriate for the student body’s unique needs.
Questions: Contact Stephany Bryan, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison
The Hogg Foundation supports community efforts to build resilience and improve mental health in environments where people live, learn, work, pray and play.
Mental Health in the College Classroom
The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) at The University of Texas received funding for a collaborative effort to make classrooms more supportive of student well-being.
Healthy Educators for Healthy Kids
Through their trauma-informed approach to behaviors in schools, Vida Clinic has established a campus-based mental health system that includes individualized, confidential, solution-focused services for teachers.