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Increasing youth and adult understanding of mental health challenges, and promoting coping strategies and help-seeking skills are important to creating a culture and climate of mental health and wellness in schools. MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center can provide:

– professional development for all school faculty and staff

– public education for families/communities

– mental health instruction for middle school and high school students

Below is a list of current programs/trainings offered to schools, families, and communities.  Our staff is also available for technical assistance and to attend informational events.  To learn more or to schedule a training/event, complete the inquiry form below.

To register for MHANYS upcoming events and other trainings, visit: https://mhanys.org/registration/
AVAILABLE ONLINE: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Students

An online, self-directed module for school personnel is now offered to education professionals; it will be eligible for one CTLE credit.

This course takes approx 1 hour. You can leave and return to the course if necessary. Audio and videos are part of the course so speakers are needed. Finally, at the end of the course, there is a test in order to obtain a certificate.

 You can access the module here.

Webinar Recordings

Promoting Resiliency in Schools: Learn more about the connection between resilience, mental health and learning; including strategies to promote resilience through social connectedness and social-emotional learning.

Online Panel Discussions: Find 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.

Youth Cyberbullying: from understanding to prevention: This webinar, developed for educators, families and caregivers, will provide an understanding of cyberbullying behaviors, including frequency and impact, as well as strategies and resources for prevention.

Mental Health and Wellness 101 (60-90 min)

Mental Health and Wellness 101 provides participants with a basic knowledge of mental health, wellness and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma. The training presents mental health as a continuum of wellness and an integral part of our overall health, encourages treatment seeking behavior and self-care to manage stress.  Mental Health and Wellness 101 is for everyone – parents and guardians, educators, school staff and administrators, and community partners.  Contact the Resource Center at 518.434.0439 to request a training.

Mental Health First Aid & Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 hrs.)

Mental Health First Aid
Designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Studies have shown there is a greater likelihood of connecting people to treatment and support after this training.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a practice based training that reviews the unique factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents age 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 18 years or older to learn how to help young people – including parents and guardians, educators, school staff and administrators, community providers and the general public.

Contact the Resource Center at 518.434.0439 for information about upcoming trainings.

Suicide Safety for Teachers and School Staff (60-90 min)

This training (60 to 90 mins) is designed to meet the basic awareness needs of any and all school staff.  Emphasis is on recognizing warning signs, clarifying the referral process in place at school, and making a warm hand-off.  Contact the Resource Center at 518.434.0439 to request a training.

Creating Suicide Safety in School

This full day workshop is designed for school leadership teams (administrators, student support services, etc) to work collaboratively to develop a suicide prevention plan that includes education, assessment, intervention and on-going support. Participants are exposed to free and low evidence-based resources. Small and large group discussions facilitate the development of a customized action plan. Contact the Resource Center at 518.434.0439 to request a training.  

Helping Students at Risk for Suicide

This full day workshop focuses on the process of assessing, intervening, safety planning, and follow up when there is concern that a student may be at risk for suicide.  School-based health/mental health, school safety professionals, administrators, pupil personnel services and special education staff are all encouraged to attend. Practice with a screening assessment and safety planning tool will improve the competence and confidence of school-based professionals to intervene when suicide is the concern.  In addition, school leaders will have the opportunity to develop standardized procedures and policies to support best practice in suicide intervention. Contact the Resource Center at 518.434.0439 to request a training.

Cultivating Educator Resiliency (60-90 min)

School staff will have an opportunity to explore self-care and wellness from a strengths-based perspective, including understanding stressors, building resiliency and self-compassion, and managing change.

Assessing Mental Health Instruction & Awareness in Your District

This workshop provides school district staff with the tools to assess current mental health curriculum and district strategies and practices for supporting student mental health.

Resource Center staff, members of the Mental Health Association in NYS, Inc., and our affiliates are available for trainings and presentation opportunities to meet the individual needs of school districts and education stakeholder groups.  Contact Amy Molloy, Project Director, at amolloy@mhanys.org for additional information.

Contact Us

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

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