At the EU level, the European Education Area promotes the development of a ‘whole-system, whole-school approach’ to address mental health and well-being in schools and build positive learning environments for all learners and their teachers. Two main Commission initiatives support EU countries in developing this approach:
The whole-system, whole-school approach to well-being and mental health focuses on universal strategies for all children as a major goal of education. In addition, students at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues benefit from targeted interventions, in collaboration with mental health professionals and family. The approach also underlines the importance of addressing the mental health and well-being of teachers and staff and their training needs. Implementation of such an approach in schools requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort across all levels of the education system (from policy and governance to individual schools, classrooms and students), and across policies (including health, social policies, migration, justice).