Schools or school-based health centers are an ideal setting for Project Amp. Schools are easily accessible, familiar, and safe to youth, and common barriers like transportation and scheduling challenges are more easily resolved on a school campus. 1 in 3 students relies on schools for their primary source of mental health service.1 Project Amp sessions can be provided during standing school scheduling times, such as study hall, counseling appointments, or free periods, or before or after school hours. Outreach and promotion of Project Amp can also occur through classes, student or parent events, email and social media, or other relevant communication mechanisms. Project Amp complements other school-based health services and initiatives, including mental health and suicide prevention efforts, multi-tiered systems of support, social-emotional learning, and whole child education models. It fills a critical need for high school students in need of support as the navigate academics and life as an adolescent. When needed due to school closures or other access issues, Project Amp mentors can deliver sessions virtually.
- Golberstein, E., Wen, H., & Miller, B. F. (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and mental health for children and adolescents. JAMA Pediatrics, 174(9), 819-820. https://doi.org/1%200.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.1456