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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

With many of our PD opportunities focusing on mental health issues, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of resources for your reference. Feel free to use them to gather information to help understand/deal with students, to pass them along to students for project research, or to refer parents to them if you are ever asked for resources. Most came from the Mental Health First Aid training resources. The same information is also on the Parent section of the Student Success page.

 

Hotlines/Helplines/Resources by Phone:

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center--has live operators who can refer you to local certified psychiatrists--1-888-35-PSYCH (77924)

 

Crisis Text Line--free, available 24/7, text with a trained crisis counselor--Text 741741 in the U.S.

 

Iowa Department of Human Services--1-800-972-2017

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline--toll free, available 24/7, for anyone feeling hopeless or suicidal, for concerned family or friends--1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

National Youth Crisis Hotline--toll free; provides referrals to counseling services; helps youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and abuse--1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

 

Your Life Iowa--Support for substance abuse/addiction and suicide prevention--Call 855-581-8111;              Text 855-895-8398

 

General Mental Health Online Resources:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Centers--consumer-friendly facts, definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources for families--www.aacap.org/cs/resource.centers

 

American Psychiatric Association--information about warning signs, treatment options, and preventive measures for common mental health issues--www.psychiatry.org/patients-families

 

Iowa Department of Human Services--links to a list of mental health service providers and community mental health centers in Iowa--http://dhs.iowa.gov/mhds/service-providers

 

Mental Health America--information on mental health and getting help--www.mentalhealthamerica.net

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness--an organization to improve the lives of both individuals and families affected by mental illness--www.nami.org

 

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare--use the “Find a Provider” feature to locate mental health and addictions facilities near you--www.TheNationalCouncil.org


National Institute of Mental Health--a government site with lots of current information and research about mental health challenges, including booklets, brochures, and fact sheets you can download--www.nimh.nih.gov

 

Your Life Iowa--Support for substance abuse and addiction, suicide prevention resources--https://yourlifeiowa.org/

 

Online Resources for Specific Topics:

ADHD:

American Academy of Pediatrics--ADHD resource web page-- https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/Pages/default.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--ADHD resource web page-- www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd

 

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)--website for a national organization that provides education, advocacy, and support for people with ADHD--www.chadd.org

 

Anxiety:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America--includes an anxiety self-test for teenagers--www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children

 

National Institute of Mental Health--specific information and research about anxiety disorders-- www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders//index.shtml

 

Depression/Bipolar Disorder:

Bp Magazine/BpHope Kids--an online community for kids and families dealing with bipolar disorder--https://www.bphope.com/kids-teens-bipolar/

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance--a national organization that promotes understanding of and provides information about the most common mental illnesses--www.dbsalliance.org

 

Depression Screening--sponsored by Mental Health America, this website offers a confidential way to screen for depression symptoms and to assist in finding professional help if needed--http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/take-depression-screening

 

Families for Depression Awareness--provides resources, profiles of families, a newsletter, and other tools to help inform and support family members of people with depressive disorders--www.familyaware.org

 

Substance Use Disorders:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)--links to information for parents, teens, teachers, etc.--www.drugabuse.gov

 

NIDA for Teens--a website designed to educate adolescents between 11 and 15 about the science behind drug abuse--http://teens.drugabuse.gov/about.php


SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness--information for the public about substance use disorders and a treatment finder to locate treatment providers near you-- https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention

Classroom Transition Ideas

Looking for some new ideas for transitions between steps and activities? Here are some of the great transitions I saw during my classroom visits at the beginning of last school year! Thank your spectacular co-workers!!!

https://docs.google.com/a/agwsr.org/document/d/1P8bXtp8Ao913TF3KTnd2HoY1eJFi3fmQTb_i-XwEB3g/edit?usp=sharing

Understood.org Resources

If you aren't familiar with Understood.org, it is a great website for finding out more about learning and attention issues. It has good information, links, resources for strategies and support, and personal stories.

https://www.understood.org/en

 

One piece of the Understood.org website is "Through Your Child's Eyes." As a parent or a teacher, you can try out the simulations that are done through games that help show for a couple of minutes what it can be like to have reading, writing, attention, math, or organization issues. You can also watch videos of kids of various ages talking about how it feels to struggle with these issues.

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes

Resources for Dealing with Problem Behaviors

The TACSEI website includes tools, videos, and web resources for dealing with challenging behaviors that can be used by parents AND teachers/school workers. If you scroll down to the "Backpack Connection Series," there are a bunch of great 1-page pdf files for specific behaviors.

http://challengingbehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/communities/teachers.htm

 

Intervention Central is a great place to get ideas for strategies to use with kids struggling with a huge variety of academic and behavioral issues. On the home page, look to the right side and find "Featured Tools". Try the "Academic Intervention Planner" or "Behavior Intervention Planner" to help you create a plan (which you can print, along with research citations for where it came from) for a GEI or just for informal ways to help kids in your class.

https://www.interventioncentral.org/

 

PBIS World is another easy to use website to help you generate ideas for dealing with difficult behaviors. The home page lets you start with the behavior, read descriptions to see if it fits what you are seeing in the classroom, and then offers a range of strategies and suggestions for handling those issues. This would be a great place to start for GEI planning or less formal interventions in your classroom!

https://www.pbisworld.com/

Resources for Working with ELL Students