The mental health of students is a topic many educators struggle with. Here are some resources that can help.
Jennifer Oden, a School Psychologist in California, created this site for parents, teachers, and other care providers. Provides a wide variety of ideas and resources, from Collaborating With Families to Behavior Management and Cyberbullying.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a one day course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health issue or is in crisis. What to say, what NOT to say, how to cope and when to act are some of the topics covered.
This course is offered thru out the U.S. and is usually free (use the Find A Course link). An Adult Mental Health First Aid course is also available. Highly recommended by our webmaster.
Kintsugi: The Art of Embracing Damage
Students face abuse, neglect, are attacked and hurt. Many bounce back. Others are not so lucky.
This video looks at the beauty of damage. How something that was hurt so badly can be made more beautiful than it was originally.
Passing this video on to students (or colleagues) who are "going thru it" may help.
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PBS has developed this lesson for grades 9-12. In the lesson, students examine teenage depression: what it's all about, how it feels, and ways to deal with it. The goal is to give students a better understanding of depression and how it relates to their own lives. Takes one or two 50-minute class periods.
This resource provides teenagers with tips and tools for helping themselves or a friend.
This article by Lindsay Holmes looks at how we approach mental health and posits that society's reaction amounts to discrimination.
Her proposition is that society's outlook on mental illness doesn't just result in negative stereotyping, as the term "stigma" implies, but it results in behaviors and policies that actually makes life more difficult for those with mental health challenges. A textbook definition of discrimination.
Solutions include changing the language surrounding mental illness, providing more mental health training for police and first responders, more policies that help people with mental illness get the care they need, and more workplace acceptance and initiatives that support individuals dealing with a psychological issue.
The Conflict Resolution Education Connection is divided into sections by group such as administrators and students. Sample sites in the U.S. and Africa, for instance, are modeled.
As a concerned parent, teacher, or friend, there are many ways you can identify and help a teen suffering from depression. Covers identification, treatment, and the importance of self care and family care.
The adolescent study center at the University of Indiana includes a teacher forum and professional development references as well as links to typical teen issues, such as conflict. This resource would prove useful to school counselors also.
The index at the U.S. Office of Education includes links for juvenile justice and family issues.
Here's an example of a local resource available to schools in Baltimore County. In addition to local services, it provides a list of web resources. Check with your own district or county office to see what's available for your school.
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