Mental Health America 2021 Back to School Toolkit
Student mental health must be a priority this school year.
Mental Health America recognizes the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on youth mental health. Therefore, as students across the country return to their classrooms, we know we must prioritize their mental health and emotional well-being so that they can thrive in and out of the school setting.
Today, MHA launches our annual Back to School Toolkit to give parents, teachers, and school personnel the tools and resources they need to support their children’s mental health.
This school year brings increased fear and trauma for many students after more than a year away from in-person learning. This year’s toolkit, Facing Fears, Supporting Students, is full of hands-on materials that can help students navigate all the emotions and challenges of the new school year.
- Fact Sheet - How Trauma Impacts School Performance
- Fact Sheet - Safety at School
- Fact Sheet - Supporting Students at Home
- Fact Sheet - Supporting Students Facing Trauma
- Fact Sheet - Understanding Abuse
- Worksheet - Feeling Safe
- Worksheet - Preparing to Share
- B2S 2021 Posters
2020 Back to School Toolkit Materials
- Dealing with Potential Exposure - The Stress of Physically Reopening Schools
- Teachers - Protecting Your Mental Health
- Teachers and Parents - Working Together To Make Distance Learning Work
- Know The Signs - Recognizing Mental Health Concerns in Kids and Teens
- Missing How Things Used To Be
- What Can I Do When I'm Afraid
- How To Maintain Your Social Relationships During Online School (For Kids and Teens)
- Dealing with Tough Situations
2019 Back to School Toolkit Materials
- Are You Stressed Out - For Children and Teens
- Loneliness is Hard - For Children and Teens
- Is Your Child Lonely
- Is Your Child Stressed Out
- Back to School Posters
2018 Back to School Toolkit Materials
- B2S Worksheet - Keep Your Mind Grounded
- B2S Fact Sheet - Preventing Suicide
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Anxiety
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Depression
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Psychosis
- B2S Fact Sheet - Understanding Trauma
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.
Previous Back to School Toolkits can be found at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school