Back to School Resources
As New York State schools plan for the beginning of a new year, the mental health and wellness of students, staff and families are one of the many concerns facing teachers and school leadership. The Covid-19 pandemic and concerns about social injustice have increased the level of stress for many students and staff. Focusing on wellness beginning in the summer and through the first several weeks of school will support academic success for the rest of the school year.
To help, we have compiled resources for mental health instruction and social emotional learning, webinars and professional development opportunities, and practical strategies and tools to promote resiliency and build social connections. See links below for more information.
View the Parents & Caregivers Panel: Reflecting, Rethinking and Responding to Support Student Mental Health.
Following up on our panel discussion with teachers, MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is excited to host a virtual panel discussion from a family perspective. A change in the school environment this fall to socially distanced In-person, remote, or a hybrid model for classroom instruction will pose challenges to families, caregivers, and students, including having an impact on mental health and wellness. Hear from parents and caregivers representing a range of community demographics as they reflect on their experiences and how they are planning to support the mental health and wellness of themselves and their families this coming school year. Recorded September 3, 2020
View the Educator Panels: Reflecting, Rethinking and Responding to Support Student Mental Health.
A change in school environment this fall to socially distanced In-person, remote, or a hybrid model for classroom instruction will pose challenges to educators and students, including having an impact on mental health. A proactive approach to supporting the social-emotional needs of students and mental health education is essential and can make school personnel and students more resilient. Hear from educators representing a wide range of community demographics as they reflect on their experiences and how they are planning to support the mental health of themselves and students this coming school year.
Take a Training. We offer self-paced, live, and recorded sessions.
To help schools prepare for the coming year, we are offering a variety of professional learning opportunities, covering topics such as mental health and wellness, trauma-informed schools, supporting staff wellness, and strategies to promote youth mental health. Contact us to discuss how we can best meet your training needs.
Visit our Virtual Wellness Room.
Need a break? Looking for ideas for self-care? Visit our Virtual Wellness Room for youth and adults.
Learn Instructional Strategies to Promote Resiliency and Relationships.
Based on conversations with educators, we have compiled practical strategies to help educators create a classroom experience that supports mental health and relationship building using daily engagement activities for students; supports personal and student wellness and resiliency; and provide ideas specifically for the virtual learning environment.
Below are online resources for more information and ideas:
NYU Metro Center – for culturally responsive learning in an online environment
CASEL – roadmap for school reentry
CASEL – SEL check-list for all learning environments
American School Counselor Association – school reentry considerations; collaboration with
CDC – tips to help students cope in the return to school
Panorama Education – resources for how to teach in a virtual classroom setting
Teach for America – virtual teaching tips for educators
Discover Tools and Activities to Support Mental Health.
Find tools and activities to support the mental health of students, families, and staff. While some factors that create mental health problems cannot easily be changed or eliminated, we can maintain mental health and wellness by building our “toolbox” of wellness strategies. Our staff has found or created some fun ideas and activities.
In addition, stress sometimes comes from worry about things outside of our control and our inability to focus on the “moment”. Apps are a great tool for practicing mindfulness and to become more self-aware of our emotions and accompanying response. Incorporate the use of apps into daily routine or classroom assignments to help students focus on the present moment and manage stress.
Engage Families with Mental Health Education Trainings and Resources.
We have compiled family and caregiver mental health resources that can be easily shared with your community via social media, emails or through a link on your website. Resources include our 30-minute psychoeducational webinars for families and caregivers which include: understanding mental health and wellness, coping with a crisis, understanding trauma, and incorporating mindfulness practices in the home. Visit the links below for more information.
Family Education Webinar Series
Supporting Mental Health at Home
Additional Resources for Families and Caregivers
Share NYS Community Resources.
Looking for community resources? We have what you need! Many families are needing support now more than ever. We’ve compiled a list of searchable databases to help you locate resources more easily.
Community Based Organizations – searchable by county
NYS Multiple Systems Navigator – for health, education, human service, and disability information.