Mental Health and Counseling Resources

The NYSED Board of Regents Permanently Adopted Proposed Amendments to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The Proposed Amendment to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to Mental Health Education in Schools. Schools should utilize the wealth of educational resources to develop and/or adopt their own curriculum aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, and tailor instruction and programs based on local level needs.


Mental Health LawThis amendment to Health Education Law goes into effect July 2018. It will require mental health education as a part of a Health Education program. Clicking here will take you to the Laws|Memos|Guidelines page. (January 5, 2017)

NYSED Resources

Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools- This 2-page flyer provides an overview of the mental health law which was amended to clarify health education requirements. It provides information about the purpose and role of the NYS Mental Health Education Advisory Council which includes what schools can do, next steps, and additional resources. (NYSED, Curriculum & Instruction page May 2018)

Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools 14 slide PowerPoint Presentation - This resource provides information on the mental health law amendment to the commissioner's regulation which includes information from the advisory council with what schools can do and next steps. (May 2018)

NYSED Mental Health Education in Schools page provides memos, guidance documents, and a wealth of educational resources to develop and/or adapt curriculum aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, and tailor instruction and programs based on local level needs. (May 2018)

Mental Health Resources for Educators: Contains 22 links on signs of crisis, emotional trauma, prevention strategies for students and staff on mental health issues. (This location on the NYSED Curriculum & Instruction page. August 2016)

Mental Health Education and Services in Schools Presentation -This 24 slide presentation provides information on mental health legislation, learning opportunities, violence prevention, safe and supportive school climate, and restorative practices. (June 2017)

Crisis/Trauma, Disaster, and Bereavement

American School Counselors Association resources including talking points and links. 

American Psychiatric Nurses Association resources dedicated to dealing with traumatic events that may be of benefit to you and schools.

Center for School Mental Health (University of Maryland)-Resources and links on mental health support for those experiencing disaster trauma.

National Association of School Psychologists resources to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement- Trauma and bereavement support services within school settings to help students, staff, and families. Provides resources, training materials, consultation assistance for schools,

Quick Find Clearing House of Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response Information-Resources for crisis planning, training staff, school-based crisis teams. Contains handouts for staff, students and parents on grief, violence, stress and assisting students with traumatic loss.

SAMSHA Coping with Traumatic Events-Multiple resources on behavioral health issues related to disaster for children, youth, and first responders.

Disaster Distress Helpline-Provides trained counselors who can provide crisis counseling, info on how to recognize distress and its effects and/or referrals to local crisis call centers. Open 24 hours, every day of the year, call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

Mental Health Services Facility Locator is an online, map-based program to find near-by facilities.

General Mental Health Resources

Addressing Barriers to Learning-Provides a glossary of key terms related to mental health and psychosocial problems.

2-1-1  Connects about 90% of the U.S. population to information to services available in their community. It is administered through a national partnership between United Way Worldwide and the Alliance of Information and Referral Services (AIRS)

Center for Mental Health In Schools-UCLA School Mental Health Project-Comprehensive listing of mental health resources for school nurses, staff, parents, and students including crisis and disaster response, violence, suicide, and includes:

Children's Mental Health Network-Weekly news and analysis of key issues on children's' mental health including emotional and behavioral challenges. -A web resource center for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families developed by leaders of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association. (US Dept. of Health and Human Services) Mental health basics, what to look for and where to get help. Includes eating disorders, suicide and OK2TALK is a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems.

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)-Educational resources, research publications, and updates, statistics, and news related to mental health topics. Click on the Health and Education tab. This agency is part of the National Institute of Health.

Treatment for Children with Mental Illness-This fact sheet addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children may include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. (National Institutes of Mental Health -NIMH, 2009)


Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (SAMHSA)

YouMatter is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline site for youth, complete with a blog where visitors can share problems and get support. Reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at   1-800-273-8255.

Page last updated 5/16/18