The Ohio Departments of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Safety created a School Wellness Toolkit in response to heightened school wellness needs that educators, school administrators, community organizations, behavioral health providers and other stakeholders have identified.
The Departments collected information through several listening sessions and surveys to best understand what was happening in schools across the state. The Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory also identified that mental health needs in young people continue to rise with symptoms of anxiety and depression doubling during the pandemic.
The toolkit supplies practical resources and tools to help schools, districts and families respond to the mental and behavioral health challenges amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources are organized by audience to ensure teachers, school and district administrators, and families can access the information most relevant to their needs.
For more information, visit Supporting School Wellness Toolkit | Ohio Department of Education.