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Educating Students About Mental Health

A project of the Mental Health Association in New York State

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Summer Academy for School Staff

This virtual conference is open to all K-12 education professionals – classroom teachers, administrators, school-related professionals, and community-based organizations working with and in school settings. This year’s Summer Academy will offer multiple opportunities to engage with mental health topics that impact student wellness, academic achievement, and social connectedness, including a Fireside Chat with NYS Education Department Commissioner Dr. Betty Rosa and NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan.

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No-Cost Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid Training for Schools and Community Organizations

The Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) has partnered with the New York State Office of Mental Health to expand Mental Health First Aid in school communities across New York State.

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Mental Health in Schools

In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that requires schools to provide mental health instruction as part of K-12 health education. Here are several resources developed by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) outlining the legislative history and intent, as well as recommendations for implementing the law, including content for developing curriculum.

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Training and Professional Development

MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center can help educate teachers, staff and all school professionals about mental health challenges, suicide prevention, trauma and a myriad of other topics to help schools better understand the mental health needs of their communities.

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Family and Community Mental Health Education

The mental health and wellness needs of children and youth don’t stop once the school day ends. To educate and support families, caregivers and our communities, MHANYS School Mental Health Resources and Training offers a wide array of webinars, trainings and resources.  Intended to assist adults supporting children outside of a school setting, these resources can also be used by educational professionals in their work with families and their communities.