Year: 2018 Source: McGill Journal of Education. (2011). 46(2): 213–229. DOI 10.7202/1006436ar SIEC No: 20180420

Adolescence is a critical period for the promotion of mental health and the treatment of mental disorders. Schools are well-positioned to address adolescent mental health. This paper describes a school mental health model, “School-based Pathway to Care,” for Canadian secondary schools that links schools to primary care providers, mental health services, and the wider community, enabling them to address youth mental health in a collaborative manner. The model highlights the fundamental role of mental health literacy, gatekeeper training, and education/health system integration in improving adolescent mental health, and enhancing learning environments and academic outcomes.