Mental Health America 2019 Back to School Toolkit

MHA Back to School Toolkit 2019

In recognition of the challenges a new school year presents for children and adolescents, Mental Health America (MHA) is providing new resources on student mental health, with an emphasis on web-based tools that can be easily shared across social media platforms.

This year, MHA's resources help increase understanding of stress and loneliness in children and teens. Materials on the topic are available for parents, school personnel, and young people.

"Half of all mental health disorders begin by the age of 14. About 75 percent begin by the age of 24. It’s important for parents, caregivers, and school personnel to know the signs that a young person is struggling with his or her mental health and be willing to help,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of MHA.

“While we can’t completely shield young people from all that life throws at them, we can help them learn to manage their emotions and reactions in ways that cultivate resilience.”

2019 Back to School Toolkit Materials

2018 Back to School Toolkit Materials

Just like physical health, taking care of mental health struggles early can help to prevent more serious problems from developing in the future. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health problem, it is important to act before Stage 4. Start the conversation. Seek help from a trusted adult. Remember there is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is help and hope. Don’t know how to start the conversation? MHA has tips and information to help get you started at tips4talking.

There are also serious signs that someone is in crisis and needs more immediate help. These include thoughts or plans of hurting oneself or another person. If you or someone you know is in crisis call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “MHA” to 741741, or call 911.

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