According to the CDC, school connectedness is the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning, as well as about them as individuals. Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school.

School connectedness and belonging are essential in protecting students from suicide or suicidal behavior. Everyday educators can prevent suicide by connecting with students and fostering a positive learning environment.

This video highlights the power of connections to prevent suicide and to promote overall mental health in youth.



School Connectedness Helps Students Thrive

School connectedness is when students feel that adults and peers in school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. This includes a sense of being cared for, being supported, and belonging at school.

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What Schools Can Do

Schools play a critical role in promoting students’ health and development by creating environments where all students feel that they are cared for, supported, and belong.

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