Mental Health

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The emotional and psychological well-being of individuals promotes healthy development, functioning and increases the capacity of individuals to live productive lives while striving towards reaching their full potential.

A major aspect of the school environment includes promoting the mental health of all students, and the provision of programs and services to address those needs.

 

Featured Resources

2023 Classroom WISE Technical Assistance Opportunity: Request for Applications

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) invite schools and school districts to apply to participate in an opportunity focused on implementing (helping schools adopt and use) our educator mental health literacy training package, Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), during the 2022-23 school year.

How to Apply
Complete this online application by December 15, 2022, 8 PM ET. The application asks you to share the names of your team members and respond to

SchoolSafety.gov

Shares a variety of resources, programs, and tools communities can reference on mental health. Resources cover a range of topics, including: guidance for addressing mental health and substance use in schools, information on trauma-informed care, and increasing protective factors among youth.

Project AWARE

Shares strategies to build and expand the capacity of State Education and Mental Health agencies that oversee school-aged youth. Key facets of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) program include training for school staff and other adults on how to identify and respond to mental health challenges, along with connecting school-aged children and their families with needed resources. 

Grantee Highlight: Staff Wellness in Pasadena United School District

Focusing on reintegration in the 2021-22 school year to ensure the success of students and staff upon return to full in-person instruction, the Pasadena United School District (PUSD), a Mental Health Service Professional grantee in California, developed an enhanced version of their curriculum that included visual arts, mental health, and academics. As part of this initiative, PUSD created virtual wellness centers for staff and students that includes a “PUSD Wellness Studio”, a Padlet for staff use only. As Dr. Julianne Reynoso, Assistant Superintendent, Student Wellness and Support

Describes opportunities for colleges and universities in building comprehensive school mental health services. This brief highlights strategies and exemplars to help accelerate innovation and advancement in K-12 school mental health systems.

Grantee Highlight: Osage County Interlocal Cooperative deepens its multi-tiered systems of support and mental health service delivery through innovative uses of technology platforms

The Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, Oklahoma [OCIC], as part of its Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration grant initiative, Project PREPARE is recruiting, training, and coaching school psychology, counseling, and social worker interns in the provision of high quality virtual and hybrid mental health services and caseload management.

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Offers best practices for school employee wellness programs in an effort to improve both employees' and students' well-being - including ideas for programs that can be implemented with limited resources.

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Provides telehealth guidance for school psychologists, including benefits and concerns, certification and licensure, legal and ethical implications, and recommendations. Resources are provided in PDF form from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Includes telepsychology tips and resources from the American Psychological Association.

Front page of the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety guide

Shares what the Federal Commission on School Safety found in research and recommends to advance safety in schools via prevention, protection and mitigation, and response and recovery. It touches on promoting mental health, addressing related discipline issues, and violence in schools.

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Offers a series of webinars that introduce the learner to the ins and outs of tele-psychology provided by the American Psychological Association.

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Includes guidelines for providing telepsychology that are informed by relevant American Psychological Association (APA) Standards and Guidelines.

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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), as part of its Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration grant initiative, Collaborative Internship for All (CIA), is recruiting, training and coaching school counseling interns en route to placing them in high-needs school communities. In its efforts to promote CIA internally and externally, and recruit and retain graduate students, the grant team discovered that there was untapped talent among its interns.  

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Includes a uniform set of technology standards for professional social workers to use as a guide in their practice.

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Provides data on the prevalence of common behavioral health issues while sharing information and customizable tools to promote student mental health. This suite of school mental health resources were developed to help state and local education agencies develop and sustain school mental health programs. 

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Focuses on changing norms, environments, and behaviors in ways that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as to lessen their harms when they do occur.

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