Get Involved in Your School
We all have mental health – just as we all have physical health. Some days our mental health is strong and well, and some days common stress and worry makes it difficult for students to attend school, be with friends and family or take care of themselves. Unfortunately, misinformation, harmful attitudes and a general lack of awareness means that people don’t often talk about mental health in positive way and they may not ask for help when needed.
Youth today recognize that they have a voice and the power to raise awareness and challenge negative attitudes and beliefs (we call those negative attitudes and beliefs “stigma”). There are many things you can do at your school, such as:
– include articles about mental health and wellness in the school newspaper
– invite community organizations to host information tables at school events
– work with administration to establish a club focused on mental health and wellness. Visit Minding Your Mind or Bring Change2Mind to learn about student-led clubs in high schools.
Another great resource for students is called YOUTH POWER!, a NYS network of young people who speak up about their own experiences with mental health problems and illness. Through peer-to-peer mentoring, YOUTH POWER! empowers young people to be active citizens, aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policy, practice, regulation and law. They are young people helping other young people, ensuring the availability of self-help and peer support while changing systems to ensure they get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.
YOUTH POWER! is a youth-run division of Families Together in NYS, ensuring that young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive, and providing persistent advocacy, technical assistance, and training and education opportunities. To get involved, become a member, or for more information and resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (
If you have questions or need additional help, please contact the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center using the inquiry form on our site, emailing email@example.com or calling 518-434-0439 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm..