DepEd to implement school mental health model pilot testing

To elevate awareness of learners and personnel on mental health programs and services, the Department of Education (DepEd) is collaborating with Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (SEAMEO TROPMED) for the pilot testing of a school mental health model.


DepEd will conduct pilot testing of the School Mental Health Model with the support of SEAMEO TROPMED. The model will feature developed modules and a screening tool to explain mental health issues and identify and give psychosocial support and services for individuals at risk.

“The challenge before us is not only to set out the map for our children but also to help them navigate the crucial years of their development,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

“That is why I believe the School Mental Health Program should be put in place to ensure the mental health promotion and effective linkage to mental services for our learners and personnel,” she added.

In line with this, DepEd plans to create a policy for the School Mental Health Program that covers the comprehensive mental health directions of DepEd on promotion, identification of learners at-risk, provision of basic services, referral system for treatments, and contextualized School Mental Health Model in the new normal setting.

Moreover, DepEd will also ensure availability of mental health professionals, especially guidance counselors, in schools and offices.

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As one of the six flagship programs under the OK (Oplan Kalusugan) sa DepEd, the School Mental Health Program of the Bureau of Learner Support Services - School Health Division (BLSS-SHD) aims to ensure mental health promotion and effective linkage to mental health services for learners and our school personnel.

No health without mental health

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said that DepEd continues to recognize the critical issue of mental health.”

“There is no health without mental health,” Pascua said, echoing what mental health advocates around the world have repeatedly emphasized in recognition that mental health is a critical part of a person’s overall health. He noted that the agency also acknowledges this fact.

“Let us commit to going back to our workstations, our schools, with a clear vision and earnest desire to find our place in helping fulfill DepEd’s mandate under the mental health law,” Pascua said.

“On a more personal level, let us commit to being advocates and champions of mental health even in the little things that we do, in our speech, in our relationships, and in our daily lives,” he added.