Responding to COVID-19 | School Mental Health Resources

Responding to COVID-19

School Mental Health


Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on students and their families, educators and the school mental health workforce, as well as the school mental health system. 

Here we highlight MHTTC products and resources specific to school mental health that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises. A compilation of school mental health resources from other reputable organizations is also available below.


MHTTC Upcoming Events:

 

Southeast eventCOVID-19 Disparities Webinar: How to Support Racial & Ethnic Minority Students | Southeast MHTTC

 

August 4, 9am PT / 12pm ET > Register

 

 

 

 

 


handsCrisis Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: When School Starts Back: Helping Students, Staff, and Yourself Cope with Crisis During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

August 4, 3pm PT / 6pm ET > Register

 

 

 

 


PSW Webinar Rising Telehealth Behavioral Health Practices-Centering the Needs of Historically Marginalized Youth in California #2: How might community-based organizations provide student support, and what can school systems learn from, related to COVID-19 telehealth? | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

***Tailored to participants in California***

August 5, 10:30am-12pm PT / 1:30-3pm ET > Register

 

 

 


computerSchool Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

 

August 5, 2pm PT / 5pm ET > Register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


northwest eventConsiderations for Systematic Screening PK-12: Universal Screening for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in the COVID-19 Era | Northwest MHTTC

 

August 12, 9am PT / 12pm ET > Register

 

 

 

 


MHTTC Products and Resources:

 

Back to School After COVID-19: Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health ToolkitNew England MHTTC

This toolkit is designed to help guide conversations to include a trauma-informed, equitable, and compassionate lens to providing mental health supports to every member of the school community. Because we will all return to school as different people than when we left, caring leaders are seeking to support each other in turning our tragedies into growth, recognizing the joys amongst the ongoing and profound difficulties, and re-establishing school communities to serve everyone, with greater justice and equity.


Back to School: Opening up with Optimism and ConnectionNew England MHTTC

As schools prepare to return to learning—in the classroom and virtually, they can help create a sense of safety that supports staff and student mental health by cultivating a culture of joy and forming positive connections in the school community. Three thought leaders share how their work in the fields of education, recovery-oriented care, and trauma recovery overlap to provide practical strategies to school staff and community members who care deeply about addressing the trauma that will be prevalent this fall. 


Be Our Lunch Date? A "Think Tank" Time: A Gathering of School Mental Health Practitioners to Surface School Mental Teleheath Needs and Resources Northwest MHTTC & Pacific Southwest MHTTC

For the past couple of months the Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions have been engaged in learning about the Interconnected Systems Framework - a structure and process to integrate PBIS and school mental health within school systems. This systems work is just as important now, as schools explore how to best provide school mental health, telehealth, and virtual student supports. This  "think tank" workshop served to identify the needs we are noticing; the resources in our field that can support those needs; and ways we can develop tools and supports to fill the gaps. 


Campus Mental Health: How Do We Come Back to the New Normal? | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In this virtual session, offered by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, presenters discussed what coming back to the “new normal” looks like for college students’ as they return to their respective campuses. It is anticipated that many students’ will have experienced some trauma, if not just the shock of being dispersed from campus to the actual trauma of personal or familial illness. This model is very akin to campus responsiveness post suicide or traumatic event (e.g. shootings) and presenters will discuss how campuses can effectively support the return of students, providing both a place for recovery and education.


Changing the Conversation about Mental Health to Support College Students During a Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC

Mountain Plains MHTTC offers a virtual session focused on the emergent pandemic and the impact it is having on college students’ mental health and well-being. As students are required to abruptly transition from a campus-based learning/teaching model to a technology-based teaching/learning model, the need for mental health support is even more important. Topics covered include ways we can successfully support students’ mental health needs remotely; coping strategies for adapting to a new normal; and techniques for supporting social connectedness during a time of social distancing and educational disconnect.


COVID-19 Effect on Child Mental Health Fact SheetCentral East MHTTC

This 2-page fact sheet describes the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of children.


Crisis Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Bereavement outside the context of a crisis is common – the vast majority of children experience the death of a close family member or friend. These deaths have a significant and often long-term impact on learning, social and emotional development, behavior, and adjustment. 

  • Part 1 - Principles of Commemoration and Memorialization: Commemorative activities and memorialization in schools present opportunities for students and staff to take an active role in constructing an enduring memory related to a crisis event and to honor those whose lives were lost. This session reviews key considerations for planning commemorative and memorial activities in school settings.
  • Part 2 - Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic: The current pandemic is associated with a large and growing number of deaths. This presentation provides practical suggestions on how schools can talk with and support grieving children in general. This presentation also highlights the unique challenges for supporting students during the pandemic and describe free resources from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students that can be used to address these challenges.

DBT STEPS-A Q&A Sessions with Jim and Lizz MazzaNorthwest MHTTC

Have you been watching the Mazza's live or online videos as they support their kids and your kids in developing DBT, otherwise known as, critical life skills? These 1-hour, interactive Q&A sessions with Doctors Jim & Lizz Mazza focus on their online, live-streamed 16-lesson DBT STEPS-A curriculum to teach the basics of emotional regulation and specific skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness—essential skills at any time, but even more critical during COVID-19.


Educator Self-Care and Thriving During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

With the current public health crisis, we are facing a new way of engaging and teaching our students. While some of us may have been doing some assignments remotely in the past this new platform and the current social distancing orders have created a whole new set of stressors on our educators, their students, and families. This webinar provides some helpful hints to help us all survive and thrive during this time while simultaneously taking care of ourselves, our students, and their families. 


Educator Wellness SeriesNorthwest MHTTC

The Northwest MHTTC, in Partnership with WellEducator & the Northwest PBIS Network, brings you the Educator Wellness Series! This Educator Wellness Series is designed for you, the educator, to take a break from what can feel like an overwhelming hustle to prepare, deliver, and support your students and focus on your own wellbeing.  We designed this 4 Session Series to support you in tapping into your resiliency skills, increasing your self-compassion, creating self-care routines, building a practice of gratitude and appreciation, and celebrating - even those small successes - to support your wellbeing. 


Financing School-Based Mental Health Services during a State Budget Crisis | Southeast MHTTC

Today’s economic crisis, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, poses significant challenges for state budget-makers. This webinar, led by health care financing expert Dr. Adam Wilk, discusses those challenges in the context of school and school district leaders’ efforts to finance school mental health programs.


Fostering Resilience in Families during Uncertain TimesSouth Southwest MHTTC

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life as we know it. The impact of it is felt in the mental health of children and families worldwide. Prevention strategies used to stop the spread of the coronavirus pose challenges to the education system, school-age children, and the families trying to support their education. More than at any other time in history, families are feeling the challenges of supporting the health and emotional well-being of the children in their care. At the same time, they are grappling with many unknowns and changes in many other areas of life. Fostering resilience in families during uncertain times is the focus of this brief.


Fostering Resilience: Responding to the Needs of School-Age Children | South Southwest MHTTC

This brief discusses how educators, school-based mental health providers, and school-age children and families can foster resilience during a pandemic-related disruption.


Happy Teachers Practice Self-CareGreat Lakes MHTTC

This presentation focuses on prioritizing self-care while working from home. Presenters introduce the impact of job burnout, as well as how to recognize signs and symptoms; define “Social Emotional Learning” and provide examples on how this can be included in the classroom or virtually; discuss tools to help prevent burn-out, and set boundaries to separate work time from personal and develop a self-care plan.


Leading Trauma Informed School Systems Change - Before, During & After Pandemic Times | Southeast MHTTC

This Southeast MHTTC webinar focuses on systems leadership approaches that embrace trauma-informed care at both the district and state levels. Highlighting local and regional leaders, this series offers both the theory and practical tips to support school workforces to implement trauma informed principles in our practices, programs and policies.

  • Part 1 - Recording coming soon!
  • Part 2 - Recording coming soon!

LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention for Parents and Caregivers | Northwest MHTTC

The Northwest MHTTC partnered with Forefront Suicide Prevention & the University of Washington SMART Center to bring the LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Caregivers directly to you in your own home, free of charge. Developed by Forefront, the five simple and effective Forefront Suicide Prevention LEARN® steps empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival. 


Making a Good Connection: Engaging Students and Families in School Tele-Mental Health | MHTTC Network

Making a Good Connection: Engaging Students and Families in School Tele-Mental Health is a three-part webinar series geared toward providers who are making the transition from in-person to telehealth services. Session content focuses on practical strategies and equity concerns related to engaging children, adolescents, and families using distance technology. Attendees are given the opportunity to submit questions upon registration, enabling our Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists to shape their content to meet your needs.


Mental Health Resources for K-12 Educators During COVID-19 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist K-12 educators. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults play a critical role in helping children make sense of what they hear and making sure that it is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety and fear. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist educators during this time.


Native Youth Telehealth Initiative Webinar | National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC

In this session, Dr. George Baston, MHRD, Ed.D CTE, and Natasha Peterson, BS, cover how to implement telehealth using the “Let’s Talk Interactive” platform and opportunities to collaborate with the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC. An opportunity to participate in our Native Youth Telehealth Initiative, and receive intensive technical assistance, is announced in this webinar. Application information is given at the end of Dr. Baston's presentation. Six sites are chosen from the applicants.


Planning for School Crises During School CrisisPacific Southwest MHTTC

In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Brock provides an overview of the third edition of PREPaRE, a curriculum that contains current research and strategies for integrated school safety and crisis prevention, planning, response, and recovery efforts. He also discusses how to adjust school crisis response plans to accommodate the reality of a global pandemic. Yesmina Luchsinger shares her crisis planning and response lessons learned as a state leader, including the development and dissemination process of the Pandemic Preparedness Guide the state released in March 2020.


Promoting Educator Well-Being: Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Era of COVID-19 | Central East MHTTC

This webinar training explores the differences between and strategies to counter fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Participants also learn strategies to enhance well-being and promote job satisfaction.


Providing Telehealth Services and Instruction to Students and Clients with a Focus on those with Developmental Disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

The focus of this webinar is to provide the support and information that teachers, supervisors, BCBAs, therapists and other professionals supporting youth during COVID 19 have been seeking. The challenges that COVID 19 poses to clients and students are discussed. Strategies for reaching and supporting clients via telehealth platforms and teaching students through the virtual classroom are identified and discussed. Individuals across the Autism Spectrum have specific needs and profiles that are discussed and the supports and strategies needed to address their specific strengths and weaknesses are explored.


Psychological First Aid – Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach | Northwest MHTTC

This training was designed as a five-step crisis response strategy based on communication skills that educators and school staff use every day. The goal of Psychological First Aid for Schools - Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach have relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic which has seriously disrupted the daily lives of children and adults all over the world. The closure of schools and businesses adds to the health risks faced by all which contribute to the stresses that students and adults face under orders of physical distancing, stay at home directives, or quarantine conditions. Given the levels of internet and web connectivity for students, being at home doesn’t have to mean being cut off from teachers, school support staff, classmates, and friends.


Resources for Supporting the Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Families During COVID-19Northwest MHTTC

This webinar focuses on the mental health and well-being of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and the early data that provides insight into the challenges and opportunities for substance misuse prevention practitioners to support families and communities during this time. The webinar also highlights many of the resources available from Child Trends, the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable. 


Rising Telehealth Behavioral Health Practices-Centering the Needs of Historically Marginalized Youth in California | Pacific Southwest MHTTC 

COVID-19 has forced us into conditions that challenge best practices for serving the mental health needs of youth we marginalize. Through these two sessions, we supported California school mental health advocates, educators, administrators, and other school systems leaders in managing stress and trauma in their communities.

  • Session 1: How might we partner with and listen to youth / students whom we marginalize, specifically in their telehealth experience during COVID-19? (Recording coming soon!)
  • Session 2: How might community-based organizations provide student support, and what can school systems learn from them, specifically related to COVID-19 telehealth? (Registration still available above!)

School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays Series | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Educators and school mental health leadership are resilient, creative, and tenacious, but they need support to be able to provide support. In this period of stress and uncertainty, now is the time to gather and resource one another. In collaboration with the Meaning Makers Collective, the Pacific Southwest offered a series of School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays. Each Wellness Wednesday is a 60-minute virtual session for the school mental health workforce to connect, reflect, and support each other.


Self-Care Through the Summer | Mid-America MHTTC

This handout for educators and school mental health providers provides tips for recharging after a school year cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons: Voices of Experience from Leaders in the Pacific Southwest RegionPacific Southwest MHTTC

This guide highlights how school mental health leaders can – and do – work with and through crises; provides an overview of the crisis continuum; explores the intersection between school crises and school mental health leadership; and examines each component of the school crisis continuum (readiness, response, recovery, and renewal) by learning from voices of experience from the field. A complementary Reflection Worksheet is designed to help readers work through the guide.


School Mental Health Professional Series | Northwest MHTTC and Mid-America MHTTC

In this webinar series, school counselors, social workers, and psychologists addressed the current and immediate needs of school mental health professionals in Region 8, due to the pandemic. Participants met every other week and received training on different topics related to school mental health before walking through a case presentation. This was a closed group.


Social Emotional Learning at Home: Remote Learning Options | Great Lakes MHTTC

We are all learning to navigate remote learning and education from afar. There are several reputable, evidence-informed resources available to help educators and families promote social and emotional well-being in their students outside the classroom. The Great Lakes MHTTC School-based Supplement has compiled a list of SEL resources, lesson plans, activities, games, and tip sheets to get you started on your SEL at home journey. 


Stress, School, and Self-Care: COVID-19 Highlights Inequities, Mental Health Challenges, Systemic Needs, and Possible SolutionsNew England MHTTC

This Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) issue brief shares results of the reflective conversations the New England MHTTC has had with C-TLC Fellows - a unique group of district leaders, educators, and school-based mental health professionals with whom the New England MHTTC has built a sense of trust and community over the past 18 months. 


Supporting Student Resilience: Strategies for Teachers During School Closures | South Southwest MHTTC

This infographic outlines the opportunities for educators and other school staff to support student resilience during the pandemic. The product provides a graphic depiction of strategies that school staff can use to promote coping and resilience. It serves as a companion to a brief report that can be found here.


Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays: Telehealth with Children and AdolescentsMid-America MHTTC, Mountain Plains MHTTC, and Mid-America ATTC

Mindy Chadwell, Ph.D., LP, BCBA; Erika Franta, Ph.D., LP; Jennifer Cox, LSW; and JK Costello, MD, MPH, discuss their experience working with children and adolescents via telehealth.

  • FAQ Document (This resource includes answers to the most frequently asked questions during the Telehealth for Children and Adolescents TLC Tuesday session).

Telehealth Toolbox for School Personnel | Mid-America MHTTC

The Telehealth Toolbox for School Personnel is a practical and concise guide to incorporating telehealth into your routine as a provider working with students. 

In addition to a handy, overarching guide entitled Getting Started, the toolbox contains handouts on each of the following topics:

 

The entire toolbox is available for download on the web page.


Tips for Educators: Supporting Parents During this Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC

The current pandemic requires rapid and complex changes to the way children and adults learn and live. This virtual session aims to provide strategies for educators to use in supporting parents as they transition to a new and uncertain role in providing daily instruction for their children. Dr. Tami DeCoteau brings her extensive knowledge and experience working with children, families, and school personnel to explore how educators can support parents in this difficult time.


The Impact of COVID-19 on School Mental Health in WashingtonNorthwest MHTTC

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to co-sponsor the UW SMART Center's 2020 Virtual Speaker Series. Originally a series of in-person events, these presentations transitioned to a virtual format due to COVID-19. Recently, Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal presented on the Impact of COVID-19 on School Mental Health in Washington.


The School Leader Series | Northwest MHTTC

This webinar series is focused on the role of the school leader in creating and maintaining a positive climate and culture virtually during the global pandemic and in the building upon the return to school. We know these are challenging times and want to provide information you can use immediately and to use for the plans to return to school as part of your MTSS framework. 


Tools for Educators During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Carribean MHTTC

Educators have been asked to fill many roles during this public health crisis. They have had to adjust to new learning environments, provide emotional support to students, maintain communication with parents, take care of themselves and their families, among other responsibilities. At the same time, they are experiencing anxiety and worry about the public health crisis along with the rest of the community. These tools were developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC to help.


Visioning Onward: A Guide for All Schools | New England MHTTC

These guides help school leaders implement recommendations from the guided discussion series Visioning for the Future of Education in their own schools and districts. 


What will school be like next year? Visioning for the Future of Education | New England MHTTC

In this webinar, participants receive a study guide to take our virtual approach back to your schools and districts to conduct your own visioning sessions. Participants are guided through our 8-step iterative visioning approach, explaining the importance of visioning for success in business and in education, and helping you plan for visioning with your staff and local communities. We focus on the neurobiology of trauma and ways to foster self-care and the well-being of staff and students that are signature components of the Center for Educational Improvement’s (CEI) Heart-Centered Learning® approach to social-emotional learning and mindfulness.


    Other School Mental Health Resources: 

     

    For Children and Parents

    American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children About Coronavirus

    American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus 

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tips for Parents While School’s Out

    Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Supporting the Emotional Needs of Youth During COVID-19 Webinar

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka's and Sam's Questions (also available in Spanish, Chinese, Finnish, Portuguese, and Mandarin)

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 (also available in Spanish and Chinese)

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (also available in Spanish, Chinese, Finnish, Portuguese, and Mandarin)

    The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at University of Maryland: Coping with COVID-19 as a Family

     

    For Educators and School Mental Health Professionals 

    American School Counselors Association: Planning for Virtual/Distance School Counseling During an Emergency Shutdown

    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and American Psychiatric Association (APA) Detail Steps Necessary for Safely Reopening Schools This Fall

    California School-Based Health Alliance: School Telehealth Webinar Series | May 14, 19, 21, 27

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One-Stop Shop COVID-19 Resources | K-12 Schools

    Center on Postive Behavioral Interventions & Support: Resources for Returning to School During and After Crisis

    Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety: Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning

    Child Trends: As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services

    Kaiser Permanente: When Learning Starts: Playbook for Healthy School Communities

    Mental Health Association in New York State School Mental Health Resource and Training Center: Maintaining Mental Health in Schools During Social Distancing:An MTSS approach 

    National Association of School Psychologists: Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism | Tips for Teachers and O: er Educators

    National Association of School Psychologists: Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics| Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professionals

    National Association of School Psychologists: Responding to COVID-19 | Brief Action Steps for School Crisis Response Teams

    National Association of School Psychologists: When One Door Closes and Another Opens: School Psychologists Providing Telehealth Services

    National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: COVID-10 Pandemic Resources

    National Center for School Mental Health: COVID-19 Resources

    National Center for School Mental Health: School Mental Health Planning for the 2020-21 School Year During COVID-19

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: PFA-S: Provider Self-Care

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Trauma-Informed School Strategies during COVID-19

    SAMHSA: COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs

    School Social Work Association of America: Supporting LGBTQ Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Tipsheet for School Social Workers

    Thriving Schools: Resources for Schools and Families Impacted by COVID-19


     

    SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is standing by 24/7 to support you during the pandemic & beyond. Toll-free, multilingual, & confidential support services are available to all residents in the U.S. & its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.