Mental Health


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 the 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.

Children's Mental Health Network

Weekly news and analysis of key issues on children's' mental health including emotional and behavioral challenges. 

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)

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. The Center assists schools to establish community partnerships to meet the mental health needs of students and families. They provide specific resources to assist NYS schools to implement mental health education in the school and classroom through student and staff education. (MHANYS-Mental Health Association of NYS, 7/4/18)

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 illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all. 

MHA Back to School page offers worksheets and fact sheets on trauma, safety at school, and supporting students at home, as well as a Back to School Toolkit " facing Fears, Supporting Students". 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. (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.

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. 


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, non-institutionalized population of the United States (SAMHSA, 8/21/19)

Behavioral Health Barometer, NY, Volume 5-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 (SAMHSA, 8/21/19)

Shine the Light on Depression

Shine Light on Depression is a website that 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. This approach helps build a community in which there is open discussion and appropriate vocabulary about the subject of depression and places it in the broader context of good mental health. Shine Light on Depression is a unique collaboration of organizations committed to raising awareness of depression and preventing suicide among young people. Organizations include the American School Health Association, Anthem, Inc., Erika’s Lighthouse. JetBlue Airways Corporation National PTA,

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 (1) daily matters confronting schools, (2) promoting whole child development and positive school climate, and (3) the transformation of student and learning supports. Most recent discussions center around: The Center is a clearinghouse for a great variety of resources.

Professional Organizations for Providers

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.

Project Teach Is 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. They provide training, consultations, referrals and parent resources.


General Mental Health Resources

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)

See Also:

Drugs|Substance Use Prevention

School Safety and Crisis Resources

Social-Emotional Learning


Trauma, Crisis, Disaster, and Bereavement 

Page updated 9/7/21