Take A Training

Supporting a young person with mental health concerns can be challenging.  Very often, parents, educators and other adults who care for youth are also coping with multiple issues of their own:  physical illness, financial and/or marital problems, their own mental illness or daily stress.  Having a better understanding of mental health, and the knowledge and skills to address mental health problems are important for maintaining wellness.

Take a training to learn more; see descriptions below.

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.

Mental Health and Wellness 101

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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour 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.


Webinars will be offered through the Resource Center; check back often for upcoming events or complete the form to the right to be added to our email distribution list.  Archived webinars will be posted here in the future.

Suicide Safety for Teachers and School Staff

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 to assist school leaders with planning suicide prevention activities.   Implementation teams come together a spend the day learning about suicide and best practices in prevention.   Participants are exposed to free and low evidence-based resources. Small and large group discussions facilitate the development of a customized action plan for school district teams, including school administrators, school-based mental health and health professionals, school safety staff and school counselors. 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.

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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