Educators across the country are grappling with an unprecedented set of circumstances as they prepare to welcome students and adults back to school. We face the layered impact of schools closures (e.g., loss of school-based relationships, routines, and learning); COVID-19 (e.g., on health, isolation, stress, and trauma); economic crisis (e.g., unemployment, impact on school budgets), and persistent, pernicious racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and amplified by the nationwide mobilization for racial justice reflected in the Black Lives Matter movement.
This guide is intended to support local education agencies (LEAs) and county behavioral health departments (BHDs) as they seek to partner to deliver comprehensive, high-quality school mental health services. These are challenging collaborative efforts with helpful information and tools to address barriers spread out in many different places. The goal of this resource is to create a library of helpful resources and organize tools around critical topics and challenges. Through this project, we aim to generate applicable resources specific to the needs of partners to further the growth of school mental health partnerships. Each section includes an overview of the topic and a collection of related resources.
As part of the MHSOAC’s School Mental Health Initiative, they have released of Every Young Heart and Mind: Schools as Centers of Wellness, a plan for transforming California’s K-12 schools into centers for wellness. The report is part of a portfolio of activities focused on young Californians that includes the Triage and Mental Health Student Service Act grants; Striving for Zero, the state suicide prevention strategic plan; the youth empowerment activities and youth drop-in centers; and the ongoing work to fortify strategic investments in prevention and early intervention services.
California’s Know the Signs suicide prevention campaign has created a variety of educational materials in multiple languages. Here, find printable and purchasable Know the Signs posters and brochures in Lao.
California’s Know the Signs suicide prevention campaign has created a variety of educational materials in multiple languages. Here, find printable and purchasable Know the Signs brochures in Punjabi.