MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative

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The MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative

Scroll through for a deeper dive into our school mental health related activities
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War on Ukraine: Resources Available

Access our compilation of resources to support children & adolescents as the crisis in Ukraine escalates
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Responding to COVID-19: School Mental Health

Access our collection of trainings & resources related to school mental health and COVID-19
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Anxiety and Return to Work/School

Access trainings and resources for individuals returning back to school/work during the COVID-19 pandemic
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School Mental Health Best Practices

We have many resources available to support states, districts, and schools in advancing comprehensive school mental health
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The MHTTC Network & Project AWARE

In 2021-2022, the MHTTC Network is providing school mental health related training and TA to Project AWARE Grantees
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Classroom WISE: Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators

Classroom WISE

Access our FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom
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Connect with Us

Get connected to the MHTTC School Mental Health Program in your region
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In late 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) declared a National State of Emergency in Children's Mental Health. In addition, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. Both the declaration from the AAP, AACP, CHA and the Surgeon General's Advisory have intensified efforts to align policymakers at all levels of government and advocates for children and adolescents to fight for stronger systems of prevention and care for our youth. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation was seeing increased rates of mental health challenges among children, adolescents, and their families, which has now only been exacerbated during the pandemic. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 (NIMH, 2019). The increased proportion of Emergency Department visits related to mental health emergencies suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this crisis (CDC, 2020). Both the Declaration, and Surgeon General's Advisory, attribute the worsening crisis to the stress brought on by COVID-19 and the ongoing struggle for racial justice that have disproportionately impacted youth of color.
 

Through our MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative, we are responding to the nation's youth mental health crisis by: 
           

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