Independent Living and Community Engagement

Mental Health Supports

Mental Health supports can include counseling,therapeutic services, and resources that support a young adult’s emotional and psychological well-being and are a supportive means to ensure a healthy adult life during school and post school.

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Mental Health Supports

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Environment of Mental Health support can assist students and young adults in thriving in their current and future community setting and can be supported by local agency connections.

  • Provides a safe and trusting environment of support
  • Assists a young adult in learning how to communicate and self-manage emotions
  • Provides individualized strategies to prepare one to engage with new people and experiences
  • Provides community connections for identifying individualized services as well as professionally constructed therapies and networks
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How Can Transition Team Members Help Students Access Mental Health Services

Awareness of the individual student needs by each supporting member or entity is a key element in facilitating positive post-school outcomes for persons with mental health needs. Coordinated mental health supports can result in positive transition of a student during school and post secondary community life including:

  • Addressed and supported mental health needs
  • Increased or maintained confidence
  • A sense of belonging in family and community
  • Awareness of community adult mental health supports and how to access
  • Emotional and psychological well-being
  • Opportunities to support others emotional well-being
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What Can Accessing Mental Health Supports Do For Students?

Improving quality of life

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Stress Management

Learning the skills to reduce stress by taking care of things that can be controlled and by gaining skills to assume control.

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Coping Skills

Learning to recognize and identity emotions, what impacts them, and strategies to overcome challenging situations.

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Forming Healthy Relationships

Learning the skills to build and maintain relationships with others based on mutual respect, trust, and empathy.

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Learning how to stay focused and on task to achieve goals.

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The PA Community on Transition offers resources on a variety of topics, all focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

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NTACT Quick Guide: Mental Health and Secondary Transition



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