Should teachers take the lead in addressing students' mental health?

The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., demonstrates the need for "mental-health literacy" and expanded mental-health services in schools, writes Laura C. Murray, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, in Philadelphia. In this commentary, she writes that, among other things, schools and teaching colleges should train educators to meet students' mental-health needs and identify students who need services. "With proper and ongoing training, teachers can become adept at identifying children who need services while also promoting mental health throughout the school community," she writes.

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