National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month

Each February, we celebrate the essential role that Illinois school-based health centers (SBHCs) play in keeping young people healthy and ready to learn. This year's theme, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, draws attention to the role that SBHCs play in addressing the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents.

Did you know?

  • Depression is the third leading cause of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is the third leading cause of death in older adolescents (15–19 years) (WHO, 2017)
  • In Illinois, 16% of adolescents seriously considered attempting suicide, and 10% of adolescents attempted suicide at least once during the last 12 months (YRBS, 2015)
  • Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, but most cases are undetected and untreated (WHO, 2017)
  • All 65 Illinois SBHCs complete routine health risk assessments for clinic users, serving as champions of early detection, prevention, and intervention
  • Over 90% of Illinois SBHCs provide behavioral health services on-site, which is higher than the national average of 67%

IL General Assembly: Resolution

The Illinois School-Based Health Alliance is partnering with Representative Deb Conroy to issue a resolution declaring February as School-Based Health Care Awareness Month here in Illinois. In tandem, the Illinois Department of Public Health's School Health Program is working with the Governor's Office to issue an adjoining proclamation. Thank you to Representative Conroy for her support, and keep your eyes peeled for more information!


Throughout the month, join us in using #SBHCmonth18 on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media posts! There will be a Twitter chat titled “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: SBHCs and Child/Adolescent Health”, hosted by the national School-Based Health Alliance, on Tuesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. Central. Email Anna Burns ( if you plan to participate, and she can send you the chat questions in advance.

Need additional ideas on how YOU can participate in National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month? Visit the national School-Based Health Alliance's webpage for suggestions and additional resources or connect with us directly for additional support.


Thursday, February 1, 2018
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