School Mental Health

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.

American School Counselor Association
The American School Counseling Association’s website provides resources on telehealth ethics and many other topics for transitioning to remote counseling, and remote school mental health services.

Classroom Mental Health
Classroom Mental Health is an online toolkit for teachers that provides lessons, resources, and information for educating students about mental health.

Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for parents and Caregivers National Association of School Psychologist
The National Association of School Psychologists provides a COVID-19 resource center, including a guide for countering stigma and racism for parents and caregivers.

Engage-Calm-Distract, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, provides foundational material on pediatric distress and information on applying developmentally appropriate strategies and activities for engaging, calming, and distracting children and their caregivers. There are separate toolkits for medical responders and for children's providers, educators, and caregivers.

Equity in Mental Health Framework: Recommendations for Colleges and Universities
The Equity in Mental Health Framework outlines not only recommendations, but also practical implementation strategies for leaders, administrators, and service providers. These recommendations incorporate structural policy and practice changes that can reduce the stigma associated with student mental health challenges, increase proactive responses from colleges and universities, and provide more opportunities for students of color to thrive.

Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide
The Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide is an evidence-based mental health curriculum resource that has been demonstrated to improve both teachers’ and students’ mental health literacy.

Mental Health, Social Emotional, and Behavioral Screening and Evaluation Compendium

The purpose of this compendium create by Ohio’s Project AWARE,  is to provide a comprehensive source of information for practitioners engaged in mental health work about freely accessible no-cost mental health, social-emotional, and behavioral screening tools for children and adolescents.

National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers websites contains webinars on telehealth and other resources for social workers as well as links to wellness and self-care resources. There is also a page dedicated to school social workers.

National Center for School Mental Health
The National Center for School Mental Health is a technical assistance and training center focused on advancing research, training, policy, and practice in school mental health.

National Center for School Mental Health: COVID-19 Resources
The National Center for School Mental Health website contains resources for technology to support school mental health. The website also provides mental health and stress managements resources for students and families.

National School Mental Health Implementation Guidance Modules and Related Projects
To help states, districts, and schools across the United States understand the core components of comprehensive school mental health and plan for implementation, the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) developed a national school mental health best practices guide focused on the following: Educators and Student Instructional Support Personnel, Collaboration and Teaming, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Evidence-Informed Services and Supports, Cultural Responsiveness and Equity and Data-Driven Decision Making. The guide includes a trainer manual, participant manual, 8 slide decks designed for delivery in one-hour in-person sessions, and 5 recorded virtual learning sessions. is Australia’s leading online mental health organization for young people and their parents providing resources based on the latest evidence on a variety of behavioral health topics.

Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
One of the key principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to focus on building prosocial skills, not simply attempting to eliminate challenging or problem behavior. The Center on PBIS encourages all schools to continue that focus, as well as other key principles of PBIS, as they address the COVID-19 pandemic. The website provides a few simple recommendations that educators can embed across a continuum of supports.

School Health and Performance Evaluation System
The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health. The system is a free, web-based portal designed specifically for school and district teams to assess and enhance their school mental health services.

Student Assistance: A Guide for Administrators
This guide aims to provide key information about student assistance services to school leaders and administrators. The guide reviews the aspects of providing student assistance, including connections to the existing school, substance use, and mental health initiatives; key components of effective programming; implementation considerations; and planning. Information provided in this guide will help school leaders start and/or improve student assistance services and provide guidance on more comprehensive resources for this crucial work. This is a product of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Supporting Student Mental Health: Resource to Prepare Educators
The Mental Health Technology Transfer 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. This document: describes the role of educators in supporting student mental health, explains the core components of mental health literacy, and provides an annotated list of existing resources and trainings that instruct educators on mental health literacy.

Supporting the Mental Health Well-being of High School Students
This report from the ACT Center for Equity in Learning focuses on students’ perceptions of the mental health services available to them at their schools. Students who took the ACT® on the February 2019 national test date were sent a survey that explored their access to mental health services and professionals at their schools. Approximately 5,300 students responded to the survey. The report highlights three school-based mental health areas that the survey results suggest are in need of improvement. Compares the access to mental health services in rural, urban, and suburban schools. The report also has a corresponding Infographic.

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers
During Infectious Disease Outbreaks Developed by SAMHSA, this fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide.

Teaching Tolerance
The Teaching Tolerance website has many lessons and strategies for combatting racism and prejudice in the classroom including issues that may result when reaching remote and during COVID-19.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides a free online training module, Resiliency and Hope, using both youth and family voices. This video addresses reducing stigma by showing how resilience and recovery inspire hope and support.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a program designed to teach parents, teachers, and care providers on helping youth who are experiencing mental health challenges. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.


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