Mental Health

Mental Health Law Amendments to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations relating to Mental Health Education in Schools, effective as of July 1, 2018, require mental health education as a part of a Health Education program. 

NYSED Resources

NYSED School Mental Health Education 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.

NYS Resources

NYS Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH)
This site provides resources and links to services and treatment to help identify emotional health needs as well as support educational development and the ability to connect with friends and family. 

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports
NYS Epidemiological Profile: Substance Abuse and other Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral (MEB) Disorders-This epidemiological profile utilizes the most current available data to identify trends in substance use and mental health prevalence and consequences among NYS residents. The information gathered in this report serves as guidance for the implementation and prioritization of prevention and planning strategies aimed at reducing mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) disorders, including substance abuse among at-risk populations such as youth and young adults.

Mental Health Association in NYS (MHANYS)
MHANYS promotes mental health wellness in NYS through training, education, advocacy, and policy. The School Mental Health Resource and Training Center provides a website, hotline, webinars, and training for school districts.  

CDC Resources

Children's Mental Health Resource Page
Basic overview of symptoms and treatment, research and statistics, and reducing barriers to care.

Children's Mental Health: Understanding an Ongoing Public Health Concern
A CDC report on children’s mental health used data from different sources to describe mental health and mental disorders in children during 2013–2019.

Mental Health Surveillance Among Children- United States, 2013-2019 

BAM! Body & Mind: Mental Health, Child Development & Hygiene
BAM! (Body and Mind) has information on the mental health, development, and hygiene of school children. Find information about topics on bullying, anxiety, depression, stress, coping skills, and many more resources to help your classroom be a success.

Other Resources

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) 

Children's Mental Health Network
Weekly news and analysis of key issues on children's mental health, including emotional and behavioral challenges.
A Collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families with resources on healthy children and families updated quarterly.

Mental Health America MHA Back to School 2022 page
 This toolkit aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health.  

MHA Back to Basics 2023 page
MHA’s 2023 Mental Health Month Toolkit is "Back to Basics." Our goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern. (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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Contains essential information and resources intended to help young people get the mental health support they need.

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Educational resources, research publications, updates, statistics, and news related to mental health topics.  

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides information to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. 

Shine the Light on Depression
Provides school communities with free, ready-to-use resources and tools designed to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention among middle and high school youth and families in a positive, honest, fact-based, and culturally inclusive manner.

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Page Updated 1/10/23