Mental Health

Amendments to sections 135.1 and 135.3 related to Mental Health Education Now Effective 
Requires all schools in NYS include mental health in their education curriculum, as part of existing physical health instruction. It will advance mental health literacy among young people statewide as schools prepare students with lifelong skills in mental health and wellness and increase their awareness of when and how to access treatment or support for themselves or others. A new School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is now available to assist schools to meet this requirement. The link to the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is provided below. 7/1/18


Mental Health Law-Amendments to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations related 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.

NYSED Memos related to Mental Health

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. (May 2018)

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 ability to connect with friends and family.


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

Center for Mental Health In Schools and Student/ Learning Supports at UCLA: National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports in 2018

Provides resources, conferences, webinars, grants for school staff and parents on crisis, disaster response, violence and suicide. 

Collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families with resources on healthy child and family updated quarterly, Monthly blogs summarize science-based information. Developed by leaders of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association.

Mental Health Association in NYS (MHANYS)

Not-for-profit organization that promotes mental health wellness in NYS through training, education, advocacy and policy. Provides specific resources to assist NYS school health educators to implement mental health education in the school and classroom through student and staff education.

School Mental Health Resource and Training Center (MHANYS) Provides a website, hotline, webinars and training for school districts. The Center assists schools to establish community partnerships to meet the mental health needs of students and families. (MHANYS-Mental Health Association of NYS, 7/4/18) (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- a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Grassroots mental health association of more than 500 local affiliates who 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, Resources include education programs, print and digital media and a helpline. (7/7/19)

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.

Professional Organizations

New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) Promotes excellence in the profession of school counseling in order to enhance the development of all students. We are the primary advocate for School Counselors throughout New York.

New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) A school psychologist is a professional with specialized training in psychology and education. School psychologists understand child development, school systems, and effective teaching, and are prepared to help alleviate difficulties that may otherwise impede successful learning.

School Safety and Crisis Resources - National Association of School Psychologists

See Also:

Social Emotional Learning


Trauma, Crisis, Disaster, and Bereavement 

Page last updated 7/8/19