School Mental Health Resources

Check out our collection of school mental health resources, including school mental health news articles, reports, webinars and more!



Please note that this page is currently under development and we plan to add many more helpful resources soon.


Featured Resources:

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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. 

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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.

After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources 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



Other Resources:

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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.



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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.


Educational Outcomes coverpage imageEducational 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.



HEARD Alliance ToolkitK-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.


Leading by Convening coverpage imageLeading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement
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. Please click here to access the PDF document.


SAMHSA site imageNow is the Time Technical Assistance (NITT-TA) Center
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. Please click here to access the NITT-TA Center website.



Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information ResourceCenter 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. 



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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.


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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.