MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Resources

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Our Youth Development Resource Portal is being developed thanks to a grant from the Pallottine Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

 

ADDICTION & RECOVERY

TEN PILLARS OF RECOVERY & RENEWAL

Guide for implementing the three core practices of recovery & seven elements of renewal into a school community.

COMPLETE GUIDE TO SUBSTANCE USE & MENTAL HEALTH

A guide to substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders in children. Provides tips for making informed decisions about evaluation and treatment.

OPIOID OVERDOSE BASICS

Learn the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, overdose risks and prevention, what to do if you witness someone overdosing, and how naloxone is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

FENTANYL FACT SHEET

Facts about fentanyl use, overdose, and prevention.

 

ADHD

STUDY: PROMPTING, SELF-MANAGEMENT YIELD BETTER CLASSROOM RESULTS THAN OTHER ADHD ACCOMMODATIONS

Redirection, prompting, and independent behavior self-regulation were more effective in reducing disruptive behaviors and increasing classroom engagement than other accommodations.

TEACHER’S GUIDE TO ADHD IN THE CLASSROOM

Guide focuses on what educators need to know about teaching kids with ADHD: how it affects children in the classroom and how teachers can help kids with the disorder succeed in school.

ADHD IN CHILDREN & TEENS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This brochure provides information about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens including symptoms, how it is diagnosed, causes, treatment options, and helpful resources.

ANXIETY

MANAGING ANXIETY AROUND COVID-19

Tips for teachers, caregivers, parents, and community leaders on modeling & building healthy coping strategies in children.

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY

Learn the causes of anxiety, the difference between anxiety and stress, the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders, and how to manage anxiety

 
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AUTISM

A GUIDE TO SAFELY WORKING WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN

Prevention and education safety guide for autistic children.

TRANSITION TOOL KIT

The Transition Tool Kit covers self-advocacy skills, legal issues, housing, and employment options.

FAQ: WHAT IS A SENSORY ROOM?

Guide to creating & implementing sensory rooms.

WHAT IS AUTISM?

Guide to autism including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

VISUAL TOOL KITS

Tool kit for using visual schedules, reminders, and checklists to teach and improve behavior.

 

BULLYING

ANTI-BULLYING GUIDE

How to identify bullying and stand up to it safely.

PREVENTING CYBERBULLYING

Guide to identifying, preventing, and responding to cyberbullying.

UNDERSTANDING DISCRIMINATION & BIAS

A resource that details the various types of discrimination, understanding and recognizing bias, the link between discrimination and mental health, and how to unlearn biases.

RESPONDING TO DISCRIMINATION & BIAS

This resource discusses how to respond to discrimination and biases..

HOW TO HELP KIDS DEAL WITH CYBERBULLYING

Information on cyberbullying: what it is, what to do if your child is a victim of cyberbullying, and how to report cyberbullying.

UNDERSTANDING BULLYING

Article explains what bullying is, the different types of bullying, how to identify the signs of bullying, the causes of bullying, and resources for victims of bullying.

44 CHILDRENS BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

The Child Mind Institute recommends these books that address mental health and learning disorders and other common challenges, like dealing with painful experiences and coping with strong emotions. These 44 books help kids, up to age 12, name and understand feelings and experiences they may be struggling with. 

 
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COMMUNICATION

CONVERSATION TOOLS & TEACHABLE MOMENTS

Guidelines for having positive conversations with teens.

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION DISORDER IN KIDS: A QUICK GUIDE

Explains social communication disorders in kids: what it is, the symptoms and signs, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.

 

GRIEF

GRIEF RESOURCES

 Resource guide and lesson plans for school personnel working with grieving children. 

HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN GRIEVE & UNDERSTAND DEATH

Guide for supporting children & their families after a loved one dies.

 

MENTAL HEALTH

SCHIZOPHRENIA: WHAT IT IS & IS NOT

Article on myths about Schizophrenia.

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

Information regarding the types of trauma and their causes, reactions to experiencing a traumatic event, post-traumatic stress disorder, and coping with trauma.

BREAK THE STIGMA OF MENTAL HEALTH

A short video about mental health stigma and how to combat it.

HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS AS A STUDENT

Videos and worksheets to help elementary, middle, and high school students cope with stress and anxiety.

UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOSIS

This fact sheet covers the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for psychosis.

PANDAS - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

This fact sheet describes the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).

EATING DISORDERS: ABOUT MORE THAN FOOD

This brochure provides information about eating disorders, including who is at risk, common types of eating disorders and the symptoms of each, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else.

THE CRISIS OF YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA SUPPORT CENTER

Visit this link for mental health self-check assessments and screening tools, numbers to crisis and helplines, information about various support groups, and resources for school communities, COVID, and more.

 
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PANDEMIC

SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN AFTER CRISIS EVENTS

Strategies for working with children after traumatic events occur.

MENTAL HEALTH AND THE CORONAVIRUS

Various resources for maintaining mental health during the COVID pandemic.

 

PARENT ENGAGEMENT

STRATEGIES FOR INVOLVING PARENTS IN SCHOOL HEALTH

Parent engagement in schools can promote positive health behaviors among children and adolescents

 
Solidarity

RESPONDING TO HATE & BIAS AT SCHOOL

Guide on preventing, responding, and processing racism in school and community environments.

RACISM

 

RESILIENCE

BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

How to build community resilience that buffers against adversities impacting whole communities – and to break the cycle of poor health and other lifelong outcomes.

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH CHANGES RESULTING FROM COVID-19

Tips for teachers, caregivers, parents, and community leaders on modeling & building healthy coping strategies in children.

YOUTH CONNECTEDNESS

CDC research on the positive impact of youth connectedness.

MEANINGFUL YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

Research on the positive impact of meaningful youth engagement in community programs.

LGBTQ+ PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH

Stats on LGBTQ+ youth regarding experience with violence, effects on education & health, and action steps to improve outcomes.

CREATING SAFE SPACES

Evidence-based strategies on creating safe spaces for youth activities.

CHECKLIST FOR POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Introduction and implementation guide to positive youth development.

COPING WITH STRESS

Guide to understanding the symptoms of stress and coping strategies.

 
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SELF-CARE

JUST BREATHE: THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION BREAKS FOR KIDS

Guide to practicing meditation with kids including options and benefits.

COPING WITH TRAUMATIC EVENTS

Tips for coping with traumatic events and information on recognizing when trauma requires seeking professional help.

SELF-CARE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Five tips for practicing and prioritizing self-care as a parent during the COVID pandemic.

 

SELF-CARE

SEXUALITY

TALKING WITH TEEN ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Communication tips for discusing sexual activity, sexuality, and relationships with adolescents.

 

SELF-INJURY IN ADOLESCENTS

Overview of Self-Harm behavior.

SELF-HARM

 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

PYRAMID MODEL FOR PROMOTING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development.

HOW TRAUMA AFFECTS KIDS IN SCHOOL

Repeated exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness, or violence can lead to learning and behavior issues in children. Learn how to recognize the signs of trauma and tips for helping children who have been traumatized.

 
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SUICIDE PREVENTION

TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY

Self-care guide addressing mental health and Covid-19.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

Free and confidential support, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for treatment.

VIDEO: MY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING

Video series focused on common problems facing teens and strategies to support them.

 

VIOLENCE

RESOURCES FOR SAFETY AND SUPPORT DURING COVID-19

A guide to domestic violence resources & tools for survivors, communities, and care providers.