University of California Santa Barbara

School Mental Health Collaborative

Project Covitality


Universal screening supports prevention and early intervention practices in schools. While assessing emotional and behavioral problems is often the primary focus of school-based screening, this approach may not fully address the needs of all students. By including strength-based measures in school-based universal mental wellness screening, we empower educators and administrators with a broader understanding of mental health, enabling them to inform proactive interventions that address problems while enhancing strengths.

Dual-Factor Complete Mental Health Model

Students take an active role in modern mental health screening, evaluating both their psychological distress and subjective well-being using the dual-factor or dual-continuum mental health model.

Wellness Screening and Monitoring

“Free of psychopathology and flourishing, with high levels of emotional,

psychological, and social well-being” (Keyes, 2005, p. 539)