Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Mental health disorders can emerge at any age, with incidence prevalent in childhood and young adulthood. The cost associated with mental health negatively impacts both personally and economically. The consequences of these impacts are long-lasting and spill over into households and communities. Adolescence is a unique and formative time. Physical, emotional, and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Protecting adolescents from adversity, promoting socio-emotional learning and psychological well-being, and ensuring access to mental health care are critical for their health and well-being during adolescence and adulthood (World Health Organization (WHO), 2021b). Providing positive skill sets to adolescents by focusing on an upstream approach using evidence-based programs to promote mental health and well-being is crucial.

Peru’s revised mental health reforms have shifted from tertiary care to secondary and primary care to address the “treatment gap.” The reform focuses on bringing services out of psychiatric hospitals and into local settings, where providers can engage with patients, families, and communities as active partners. While the reform focuses primarily on community mental health centers, this paper aims to address mental health by utilizing school settings. Schools have been positioned at the forefront of promoting positive mental health and well-being through implementing evidence-based interventions (O’Reilly et al., 2018).