COVID-19 Resources

For School


Maintaining Mental Health in Schools During Social Distancing:  an MTSS approach

In mid-April, we gathered three impressive panels of school personnel and subject matter experts to respond to questions about how schools can best maintain the mental health and wellness of students, families and staff during these challenging times.  The conversations were organized through the lens of a multi-tiered system of support, consistent with a school intervention framework.  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul joined us for our final discussion.

Looking for training for school staff during distance learning and through the summer?

MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center offers self-paced, online training eligible for CTLE credits.  We can also work with districts to provide virtual and in-person professional development for school staff. Visit our training page or email schools@mhanys.org 

 

For Home


Supporting Mental Health at Home

As we are all spending more time at home, this is a great opportunity to practice strategies that support positive mental health – from practicing healthy habits to creating calm spaces. Visit our website for helpful suggestions.

Family Education Webinar 

The Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. has received funding from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to launch the Family Education Project to  – providing informational ‌webinars about youth mental health and treatment resources, and empowering caregivers to advocate for the unique needs of their children.  

Additional tools and activities are provided to support whole family wellness and reduce stigma.

 

For Everyone


Tools for Promoting Mental Health and Wellness

It is important to ensure our loved ones, friends, networks, and communities are comfortable talking about the topic of mental health especially during these challenging times. Mental health is more than having a disorder or not having a disorder – it is a continuum of wellness that changes depending on stressors and the condition of our overall health.  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. We’ve provided some creative tools for schools and families – we hope you find some of these ideas helpful!

NOTE for SCHOOLS:  We recognize that some students/families may have limited access to internet and technology.  Many of our tools can be printed and shared with students/families during meal drop-offs.

Cyberbullying Webinar

Increased use of technology by youth during social distancing and remote learning is a risk factor for cyberbullying.  Visit our webpage for helpful information: a recorded webinar, curriculum for prevention education, and other helpful resources.

SEARCHABLE DATABASES FOR COMMUNITY RESOURCES

NY County Resources

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY

NYS Multi-Systems Navigator – The NYS Multi-Systems Navigator webpage connects visitors to health, education, human service and disability information, using one convenient tool. The navigator is easy to use, making it helpful for youth, families and caregivers who want to connect with local agencies and services. The site also includes news and events, guidance for addressing challenging and complex, and other resources.  

Contact Us

Please contact us at schools@mhanys.org or call 518.434.0439 from 8 am to 5 pm.

To contact a specific staff member, click here.

Inquiry Form

Please select the New York State school district you are associated with. If you are statewide organization, regional organization or from outside New York State, please select the appropriate option at the end of the list.

Please select the New York State county where the school district or agency you are associated with resides. If you are from outside New York State, please let us know where you are from.

Contact Us

Please contact us at schools@mhanys.org or call 518.434.0439 from 8 am to 5 pm.

To contact a specific staff member, click here.

Inquiry Form

Please select the New York State school district you are associated with. If you are statewide organization, regional organization or from outside New York State, please select the appropriate option at the end of the list.

Please select the New York State county where the school district or agency you are associated with resides. If you are from outside New York State, please let us know where you are from.

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