Resources to Address Mental Health and Resiliency in School Settings

Going to school during a pandemic can be challenging for families and schools. The following resources are designed to address mental health and resiliency in school settings.

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Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Resources

SAMHSA funds the MHTTC Network, which is a collaborative network that supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resources

Administered by SAMSHA and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), the NCTSN was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.

  • Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to Covid-19 offers information on how to talk with children about traumatic separation or traumatic grief as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet is for caregivers or other adults supporting children with traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19.
  • The Power of Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Addressing Fears ad Feelings from Prior Losses provides caregivers guidance about how to address fears and feelings of prior losses that are coming up during COVID-19. This fact sheet offers information on loss and trauma reminders, coping with separation, and the mind-body connection.
  • The Power of Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Mourning the Death of a Loved One provides caregivers guidance on mourning a death of a loved one due to COVID-19. This fact sheet offers information on saying goodbye when you couldn’t be there, understanding developmental differences in behaviors associated with grief, and seeking alternative support if needed.
  • Supporting Children During Coronavirus (Covid-19) offers ways to support children and talk to them about COVID-19. This fact sheet describes how to start a conversation with children about COVID-19, correct inaccurate information, encourage children to ask questions and how to answer them, help children self-regulate, and outlines common reactions, how to stay connected, practice self-care, and what to do if you need extra help.
  • Trauma-Informed School Strategies During Covid-19 provides trauma-informed school strategies in response to COVID-19. This fact sheet offers information on the physical and emotional well-being of staff, creating a trauma-informed learning environment, identifying and assessing traumatic stress, addressing and treating traumatic stress, trauma education and awareness, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, emergency management and crisis response, and school discipline policies and practices.

Suicide Prevention Resources

  • Suicide Prevention Resources for Teens. This information sheet, created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), contains a list of websites with suicide prevention resources for teens—for those who may be at risk for suicide and those who have friends who may be at risk. These websites all have fact sheets, and some have videos, stories written by teens, and text and online chat options.
  • Preventing Suicide: The Role of High School Teachers. This resource for high school teachers, created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), includes information on recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs, suicide prevention resources, and other information to help prevent suicide among students.

Other Federal Resources

This article originally appeared here on the SAMHSA website.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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