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. Clicking here will take you to the Laws|Memos|Guidelines page of the website to view the law. 

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.

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.  

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).

Professional Organizations

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 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.

How to Navigate the MHANY's Mental Health Resource and Training Center Webpage Video
MHANYS staff gives a brief overview of what's new on the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center. 

Mental Health America (MHA)
MHA is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental health.

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 2022 page
MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is "Back to Basics." After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. 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)
Grassroots mental health association of more than 500 local affiliates that work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education for those with mental health conditions, families, caregivers, and educators. They have specific resources for teens and young adults.

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

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the US: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Summarizes key findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

Behavioral Health Barometer, NY, Volume
Provides data on mental health and substance abuse obtained from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

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.

The Center at UCLA
Provides resources that are free of charge and sent to school and community stakeholders across the country who are concerned about daily matters confronting schools, promoting whole child development and a positive school climate, and the transformation of student and learning supports.

Project Teach
A free resource and support service funded through the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) for NYS pediatric primary care providers (pediatricians, family physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other mental health professionals) who provide ongoing mental health treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults.

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Page Updated 8/18/22