School Mental Health Resources
Here we highlight some of our MHTTC school mental health resources, followed by a collection of school mental health news articles, reports, and more from other reputable organizations.
Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators
Educators and school personnel play a vital role in promoting mental health and well-being and identifying and responding to emerging mental illness in children and adolescents. However, they often have not received the education, training, and/or ongoing support needed to respond in the classroom. The MHTTC Network and the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine collaborated on an environmental scan and needs assessment of available educator mental health literacy training and resources.
- Describes the role of educators in supporting student mental health
- Explains the core components of mental health literacy
- Provides an annotated list of existing resources and trainings that instruct educators on mental health literacy.
Supporting Student Mental Health: Resources to Prepare Educators is available for download from the MHTTC Products and Resources Catalog.
National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools
Co-developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) to help states, districts, and schools across the United States understand the core components of comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process around implementation of services, this national school mental health curriculum focuses on the following core features of effective school mental health initiatives:
- Roles for Educators and Student Instructional Support Personnel
- Collaboration and Teaming
- Multi-Tiered System of Supports
- Evidence-Informed Services and Supports
- Cultural Responsiveness and Equity
- Data-Driven Decision Making
The curriculum is intended to be used with district teams that can influence, develop, and oversee school mental health systems at the school district and building levels. See a complete overview of the National School Mental Health Curriculum here.
To access the curriculum, click here.
After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office offers a new resource to help schools support students and families in the aftermath of violence and trauma. This product includes:
Strategies to assist schools with readiness, response, and recovery to help a school community support resilience in the event of a tragedy.
Places to turn to for more resources.
Terminology and concepts related to suicide and grief.
The publication also highlights the importance of providing culturally responsive services, with example cultural considerations for schools to help Hispanic/Latino students struggling with grief and trauma.
After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources is available for download from the MHTTC Products and Resources Catalog.
To view our complete collection of MHTTC school mental health specific resources, visit our MHTTC Products and Resources catalog here and enter the keyword "school" in the search engine.
Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators
This fact sheet helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources. It should be implemented in accordance with individual school policies and procedures. Please click here to access this resource.
Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field
This report offers insights on promoting positive school climate and safety, strengthening social and emotional learning, and fostering mental health and general well-being, while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness. The report also conveys the urgent need to act now to ensure that integrating comprehensive school mental health systems into all U.S. schools becomes standard practice. Please click here to access this resource.
Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information: Acting to Prevent Potential Gun Violence in School Settings
To assist professionals working in healthcare and educational settings, or with school-aged children and young adults, in understanding how they can act to prevent potential gun violence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has posted resources about disclosure of information when a young person presents a serious danger to themselves or other people. Please click here to access this resource.
Child Trauma Toolkit for Education
This toolkit provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system.
Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for School Personnel
This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network outlines how children grieve, what Childhood Traumatic Grief is, who develops Childhood Traumatic Grief, what traumatic stress reactions in Childhood Traumatic Grief can look like, the signs a student might have Childhood Traumatic Grief, and what school personnel can do to help their students. Please click here to access the factsheet.
Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for School Personnel Teaching Military Children The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides a fact sheet that outlines how students in military families differ from civilian students, how students grieve, what Childhood Traumatic Grief is, who develops Childhood Traumatic Grief, what traumatic stress reactions in Childhood Traumatic Grief can look like, the signs a student might have Childhood Traumatic Grief, and what school personnel can do to help their students. Please click here to access the factsheet.
Creating Policies to Support Healthy Schools: Policymaker, Educator, and Student Perspectives
Child Trends recently published a study that found that students, educators, and state-level policymakers across the nation believe that supporting mental health and cultivating strong relationships are fundamental for building healthy schools. Please click here to access the PDF document.
Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network developed this resource that presents a tiered approach to creating a trauma-informed school environment that addresses the needs of all students, staff, administrators, and families who might be at risk for experiencing the symptoms of traumatic stress. Please click here to access the resource.
Educational outcomes associated with school behavioral health interventions: A Review of the Literature
The National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine conducted a literature review that compiles findings from multiple studies over the last 17 years that show the academic benefits of school behavioral health programs and frameworks. Please click here to access the article.
Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools
This guidance includes examples of approaches for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) related treatment services in schools, and describes some of the Medicaid state plan benefits and other Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover mental health and SUD related treatment services. Additionally, the guidance summarizes best practice models to facilitate implementation of quality, evidence-based comprehensive mental health and SUD related services for students. Please click here for the document.
K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention
This Toolkit was created by the Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression in response to school communities’ need to address student mental and emotional wellness in order to prevent suicide and provide evidence-based information about how to intervene in a crisis or after a suicide loss. Learn about what schools can do to promote youth mental wellness before mental health concerns arise, how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis, and how to support a school community after a suicide loss. Please click here to access the PDF document.
This resource was developed by the IDEA partnership to provide guidance to teams about how to change practice through relationships and build support for shared work among education, mental health, youth and family and other stakeholders. Inside you’ll find tools that help improve communication & build collaboration skills, learning activities that support professional growth, steps to help implement change, and more.
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments: Guides and Training Products
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has developed several guides and training products to support stakeholders in building and promoting safe and supportive learning environments for all students. Please click here to access these resources.
National Training and TA Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC)
The NTTAC provides training and technical assistance across the nation in support of a system of care approach to improve behavioral health among children, youth, young adults and their families. Check out the NTTAC website to learn more about NTTAC’s approach and access their children’s behavioral health-related resources.
Notice.Talk.Act.™ at School | School Mental Health Education Program
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation's Notice. Talk. Act.™ at School approach helps staff build relationships, Notice when a student might be showing signs of mental health and other distress, how to Talk to them to show care and concern, and Act when appropriate to connect the student to support services. Access the program here.
Access the NITT-TA Center website for information on the Now is the Time initiative and the Center’s purpose to reduce to reduce gun violence, increase access to mental health services, and provide support for grant programs that link youth with mental health services.
Parents for Health Schools Resources: Available in English and Spanish
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Parents for Healthy Schools is a set of resources and tools that school groups—such as the PTA, PTO, and school wellness committees—can use to encourage parent engagement in school health. These tools can also be used by others interested in working with parents, such as school nutrition directors, school administrators, school nurses, teachers, and community organizations. Many of these resources are available in Spanish and include fact sheets, training materials, and an e-Learning course. Please click here for these resources.
Psychological First Aid for Schools This resource describes the fundamentals of Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S). This webinar offers information on how PFA-S helps to reduce the distress that school communities can experience after a disaster or violent event. Please click here to access the webinar.
Prevention in Practice: Building Life Skills, Connectedness, and Resilience in Youth
This success story describes how Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA) partnered with northern Arizona schools to implement Coping and Support Training (CAST) for Native youth. This evidence-based program is helping to enhance life skills and resilience and promote social connectedness and support among students—critical parts of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Please click here for the document.
Preventing Suicide: The Role of High School Teachers
This sheet for high school teachers includes information on recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs, suicide prevention resources, and other information to help prevent suicide among students. Please click here for the document.
Preventing Suicide: The Role of High School Mental Health Providers
This sheet for high school mental health providers includes information on recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs, resources about suicide prevention, and other information to help prevent suicide among students. Please click here for the document.
School and Grief: Helping Student Cope with Death
This resource focuses on childhood grief in the school setting. This webinar discusses key points about children's grief response, including physical and behavioral responses, the impact of developmental level on the grief response, impact of culture on grief, and how CTG differs from grief. Please click here to access this resource.
Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators
This webinar describes risk factors for and signs of secondary traumatic stress in educators, as well as techniques for prevention and self-care. Please click here to access this resource.
Sudden Death On a School Campus: Impact and Response
This resource discusses the impact of sudden death on children and the school community. This webinar provides best practices in the areas of prevention, response and recovery, school staff support, and self-care. Please click here to access this resource.
The Mental Health Crisis in Our Schools
The special series: The Mental Health Crisis in Our Schools was published by the National Public Radio (NPR) in August 2016. The articles in the series touch on various mental health topics, including the need for mental health services in schools, hardships students face in obtaining mental health services, and perspectives from educators, parents, and mental health providers are also shared. Please click here to read the special series.
Understanding Refugee Trauma: For School Personnel
This fact sheet outlines different considerations that school personnel need to take into account when working with refugee youth and their families. This fact sheet describes the school, classroom, individual, and family considerations that school staff should understand when working with this population. Please click here to access the fact sheet.