School-Based Mental Health Program
Educators are often the first line of support in addressing mental health needs for students. They recognize the impact mental health has on learning and achievement.
In response, the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has developed training, technical assistance, and resources to support school-based mental health. The MHTTC team continues to develop online resource guides and toolkits as well as curricula and self-paced trainings to assist school professionals in understanding and implementing core concepts of best practices in school mental health. The Mountain Plains MHTTC team members are also available for technical assistance and in person or distance training on topics and issues most relevant to your school, district, or state.
Primary Goals of the School-Based Mental Health Program include:
Current Mountain Plains MHTTC School-Based Training and Resources
Mental Health Resources for College and University Faculty and Staff to Support Student Mental Health During COVID-19
In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist college faculty and staff in promoting mental health well-being during a pandemic. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist college and university faculty and staff.
In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist parents and caregivers with how to prepare the family for an outbreak, techniques to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, coping strategies for dealing with stress, and helping children cope. This product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist parents and caregivers during this time.
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.
This toolkit is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in both rural and urban schools.
Free, self-paced, continuing education (6 contact hours) opportunity for all school personnel.The purpose of this course is to build capacity of frontline interdisciplinary personnel to address the mental health needs of children and youth in schools. Emphasis is on knowledge translation and implementation of evidence-based mental health promotion and prevention strategies within a Community of Practice.
This resource guide provides an examination of policy and practice implications and offers tools to assess students’ needs. Included are suggestions for next steps and evidence-based strategies to assist rural school officials in meeting the mental health needs of their student body.
Dr. Tami DeCoteau, Ph.D., a national expert on trauma-informed care, offered insight to providers and educators interested in gaining a deeper understanding of trauma, including content on historical trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
- Session one (Regulatory Strategies): Recording
- Session two (Sensory Strategies): Recording
- Session three (Correcting Behaviors): Recording
Training and technical assistance is available to all states/district in Region 8 to bring all or parts of this training to you. Please contact us to get more information and let us know how we can support your efforts to improve school mental health.
Additional School-Based Mental Health Resources
The following are reputable websites and resources that have been made available with up-to-date information on addressing student and educator mental health needs during a pandemic.
Families are having to adapt to changes in their daily lives due to the COVIDS-19 pandemic. From homeschooling to working from home, parents and caregivers are trying to adjust to a new normal. These resources provide tips, tricks, and skills to help children, caregivers, and families cope with the stress and adjust to the changes.
Military connected students face unique challenges in the school setting. The following resources offer insight to addressing those needs and building on the resiliency and strengths of military families.
In rural areas where mental health resources may be scarce, schools have a unique role and responsibility in providing or linking students to mental health services. The following resources address the specific needs and issues of rural schools.
The following resources provide general tools for including mental wellness as part of overall school health. Additional information is available around data collection, mental health literacy, and training opportunities for students and educators.
The following resources provide models and tools implemented in other states, districts, and school settings that you may use to develop threat assessment policies and protocols.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The following resources share evidenced-based SEL programs as well as specific examples of SEL interventions.
Although a holistic approach to suicide prevention is a best practice, the following resources are intended as additional programs and efforts to support overall school mental health. Increased training for teachers and students alike will help identify and encourage students at risk to seek help.
The following resources provide a variety of training, tools, and ideas to promote teacher wellness beyond self-care and boundary setting.
When schools understand the educational impacts of trauma, they can become safe, supportive environments where students make positive connections with adults and peers, manage their trauma symptoms so they can behave appropriately, and feel confident to learn. The following resources include free on-line training packages and opportunities, resources, and tools to equip educators with the skills needed to become trauma responsive.