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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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
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.