Resources for Teachers
Wellness is possible with treatment. Join us on the front lines to help reduce Stigma and Build Support for struggling students and their families. Education is the Key! Teachers can play a vital role in supporting and encouraging students and their families to seek help. We hope you find this information useful.
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Mental Health Consultation services are available:
Eileen McCormick, MFT
WARM Line: 831-429-9898
NAMI Santa Cruz County programs for Educators. NAMI offers 2 programs for teachers and students, "Ending the Silence" and "Parents and Teachers as Allies". They both include at least one speaker with a lived experience. The personal stories combined with a short powerpoint is very powerful. "Ending the Silence" is ideal for an introduction or conclusion of a mental health unit. Both programs are free and easy to implement. Please see NAMI Santa Cruz County for details.
UCLA School Mental Health Project
Great site for ideas and programs. We highly recommend that you join their email list. smhp.psych.ucla.edu
Student and Family Resource site for Santa Cruz County http://www.sccstudentresources.org
This resource directory is focused on resources that support children in grades pre-K through college. For other resources, please call 211 or use the community information database at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
Teacher Training Booklet describes the main illnesses with things to look for and questions to ask students who you may feel are at risk. (24 pages) Check margins before you print. You may have to "reduce to fit" in your print settings.
Mental Health Primer for Teens
Includes suggested calls to action. (38 pages) Check margins before you print. You may have to "reduce to fit" in your print settings.
Directing Change was a statewide contest to end stigma and prevent suicide. Students created a 60 second video supporting the themes of Stigma Reduction and Suicide Prevention. The winner's videos have been posted. Not sure if this contest will run again next year.
Kognito’s At-Risk training
The training is delivered online 24/7 and is highly interactive – learners engage in role-play with student avatars that possess memory and emotion. The simulation provides hands on practice to build skills and confidence in intervening with at-risk students to connect them with needed services. This best-practice program has been proven effective in a national student with over 300 teachers from 40 states. To gain access to this program please contact Michael Paynter firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Lombardo email@example.com.
Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative for California
This clearinghouse of resources and regional best practices is provided to assist California county offices of education, districts and schools to develop and implement effective programs and services that promote the mental health and wellness of students in grades K-8, with linkages to preschool and grades 9-12.
Teen Mental Health for Educators - This is a Canadian Website full of information and even curriculum. They have a link to their youtube channel with many short videos to supplement your lectures.
Access or Create a Virtual Classroom
Resource Guide: http://teenmentalhealth.org/resources/entries/teachers-resource-guide-for-virtual-classroom/
TeenMentalHealth.org and TakingIt Global partnered to develop a set of mental health online resources available to teachers free of charge. The combination of mental health education and technology in the classroom places teachers on the cutting edge by engaging students in a vital topic to help maintain their health through a medium that will engage their interest. This in turn helps students challenge assumptions around mental health and mental illness, combat stigma, manage stress, and be aware of warning signs that may indicate a mental health problem for themselves or their peers. It will also help students in their development of 21st century communication and computer literacy skills.