May 20 Webinar: Keeping Kids Safe in Schools: Associations between School Safety & Behavioral Health

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

Date of webinar: May 20 at 12:30pm ET

School safety is at the forefront of educators’ minds in light of recent high profile school shootings. Academic achievement and social thriving are reduced when students don’t perceive they are safe. Research shows that the perception of safety is a better predictor of student success than the presence of physical safety measures. Feeling safe in school is necessary for learning, and for physical, emotional and social development. Students who use substances are more likely to report their school is unsafe and to be fearful at school. However, schools don’t always include prevention strategies as a component of their school safety plans. Prevention professionals play an important role in educating schools on the role of behavioral health issues in the perception of school safety, and supporting the inclusion of prevention education to students and their parents, and the implementation of policies and procedures that create a pathway for connecting students to appropriate resources.


In this webinar, co-hosted by the Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center, participants will learn about the findings from a recent Kentucky study that looked at the association between substance use, mental health issues, interpersonal violence, and problem behaviors and the perception of safety of students. We will review specific prevention strategies that schools should consider, and will provide talking points to create dialogue with educational systems around the inclusions of behavioral health prevention components in school safety plans.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will review research on the importance the perception of safety plays in academic success                                                                             
  • Participants will review the associations between substance use, mental health issues, interpersonal violence and problem behaviors and the perception of feeling safe at school                                                                                           
  • Participants will identify prevention strategies schools can use to increase the perception of safety among students.                                                                       
  • Participants will identify talking points to build collaborations with schools to embed prevention in supporting student safety


For more information and to register, click here.