School Mental Health

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About School Mental Health at the South Southwest MHTTC

With targeted funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the South Southwest MHTTC is working to expand the capacity of schools in our region to deliver evidence-based mental health promotion, supports and services to students within the school setting. We are deeply committed to supporting the work of professionals in education and mental health as they build school mental health in Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) and to improving the lives of their students, especially those experiencing mental health challenges.

We accomplish this work through information sharing, resource development, consultation and training, and by partnering with state agencies supporting school mental health in the region.

School Mental Health Events

AWARE Learning Collaborative (closed)
January 5, 2021

Bounce Back Training
January 21, 2021 

Our School Mental Health Products

Selected School Mental Health Resources

Trauma-Informed Care

Educator Wellness 

Comprehensive School Mental Health 

  • National School Mental Health Curriculum
    Co-developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), the National School Mental Health Curriculum helps 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.

  • The SHAPE System: School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System 
    Hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the SHAPE System is a public-access, web-based platform that offers schools, districts, and states/territories a workspace and targeted resources to support school mental health quality improvement.

  • Screening and Assessment Library 
    Part of the SHAPE System, the Screening and Assessment Library provided information and links to free assessment measures that can be used within school mental health. Users can filter measures based on focus area, assessment purpose, student age, language, reporter, and cost.

Mental Health Literacy 

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid 
    Developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches school staff how to help adolescents (age 12-18) who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or who are in crisis.

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid
    Developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health or substance-use issues in their friends and peers.

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