Based in Newtown, Connecticut, Sandy Hook Promise's sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child. SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs and practices that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late. SHP’s Know The Signs programs have helped stop multiple school shootings, suicides and gun threats, reduced bullying and
victimization, and helped hundreds of youth to receive mental health and wellness assistance. For more information about Sandy Hook Promise and our Know the Signs program, please visit
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) states that children’s reactions to shootings are greatly dependent on how parents, teachers, and caregivers respond to the event. This article explains common reactions and ways to take care of yourself and children.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explores the physiological reactions to a shooting such as the reactions to danger, post-traumatic stress, grief, traumatic grief, depression, physical symptoms, trauma and loss reminders, and post-violent stress adversities, in addition to the consequences to these reactions.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) explains how to communicate effectively with your children and suggests answers to common questions regarding the aftermath of a mass shooting.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers tips on how to talk to children about a shooting.
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This document is intended to provide a summary of the critical information available for educators and parents on helping teens who self-injure to insure that every teen gets the most appropriate and comprehensive consideration.
The Orange County Department of Education Character Education English-Language Arts Project is a set of sample classroom lesson plans that infuse character education and social-emotional learning into the English-Language Arts curriculum. The lessons in this database are free for educational use and searchable by character trait (respect, responsibility, integrity and related traits), grade level, literature title, and California English-Language Arts Standards Tool.
Do you want to adopt a program to help students enhance their physical and emotional health and reduce problem behaviors? This article describes criteria based on theory, research, and best educational practice that identify key social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and program features that educators who adopt these programs should consider.
Students' Perspective on Mental Health
A grassroots support network that connects, organizes, and empowers the voices of America’s underrepresented students.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24. The TrevorLifeLine is available 24/7/365, call 1-866-488-7386.
The National Assembly on School-Based Healthcare (NASBHC) explains how to make students fee supported, both in school and in other areas of their lives and how adults at schools should respond to students with mental health problems.
Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. For parents, this resource provides information about how they can help their teen cope with stress.
Learn about stress and how it can impact your teen and what you can do about it.
The kidshealth.org website provides basic information to teens on stress in addition to coping strategies, relaxation practices, and advice on managing difficult emotions.
Stressed Teens teaches mindfulness skills and provides tools for those in their pre-teen years through latter adolescence in addition to mindful suggestions for parents and families.
Eric Jensen, CEO of Jensen Learning, provides a list of useful information on stress and suggests practical ways to better manage stress in your everyday life.
A KidsHealth® Kids poll explored what kids stress about the most, how they cope with these feelings, and what they want their parents to do about it.
On-going stress without healthy coping strategies can have an impact on youth development, learning and behavior. This is an introductory presentation that addresses what youth say about their stress, the physiology of stress, signs and symptoms, and some core strategies to teach students to reduce their stress.
A toolkit by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that consists of recommendations by national experts, school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals on how to address the aftermath of a suicide.
This tool kit addresses suicide prevention and responses to suicidal behaviors in three irrevocably interconnected and interdependent areas: 1. Promotion of mental and physical health and well-being. 2. Intervention in a suicidal crisis. 3. Postvention response to suicidal death.
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that explains ways that foster parents can identify at-risk youth, intervene, and get the youth connected to help.
Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.
This document outlines model policies and best practices for school districts to follow to protect the health and safety of all students. As suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-19, it is critically important that school districts have policies and procedures in place to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to youth suicidal behavior. Here's a
one-page fact sheet
about the policy. Click link above for the complete policy document.
Presentation slides from the January 9, 2014 training presented by Didi Hirsch Agency at Orange County Dept. of Education.
A toolkit by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that consists of strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among students.
The L.A. County Youth Suicide Prevention Project has a whole page of web-based resources on self-injurious behavior including cutting. One web resource cited is
Educators and Self-Injury
and it provides information on how to recognize, understand, and respond to self-injury.
An article that explains causes and warning signs for suicide, facts and myths associated with suicide, and what you can do to reduce the risk of suicide in teens.
An article by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discussing how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to help suicide attempters and survivors, and also to how to help yourself and your fellow first responders.
This website has been especially developed for the 80 school districts within Los Angeles County, to provide administrators, staff, parents, and students with the most up-to-date information about the prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide among our youth.
Talking with Parents about Mental Health
This article helps school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents and how to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains ways that you can help young children, toddlers, and preschoolers recover from a crisis.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains ways that how children at different ages experience traumatic events and ways that schools can respond.
Learn about trauma, the impacts of trauma on youth, and the strategies and resources for educators to support students and families experiencing trauma. Presented by Alicia Rozum, Director, Mental Health, California School-based Health Alliance.
This article discusses steps on how to help children manage their feelings after a traumatic event. These steps include understanding their fears, offering reassurance, and providing routines that will help them feel loved and secure.
This article explains how to help your teenager cope with a traumatic event with suggestions on ways to talk with your teenager, support your teenager, and keep strong as a parent.
The Psychological First Aid (PFA) presents a clearly defined table explaining reactions, responses, and examples of things to do and say to school-age children after a disaster.
A slide presentation that presents an overview of the effects of trauma on children, PBIS and trauma-informed schools, and the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program.
This article addresses childhood trauma in the context of schools in the United States and presents strategies for addressing symptoms of trauma evident in certain student behavior patterns.
This archived webinar video by REL and WestEd presents a rationale for providing stress-management supports to adults who serve youth. One of the programs highlighted is the OCDE Resilient Mindful Learner project that provides stress management and mindfulness training for teachers and training to integrate into the classroom routine stress-reduction practices for students.
This article helps in understanding emotional reactions to traumatic events and tragedies, including frightening emergencies and sudden losses, with suggestions about coping and getting help.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains how to protect your children from exposure to graphic and distressful media while still informing them of the news related to the traumatic event that took place.
A presentation explaining brain development, the impact of trauma, the cross system collaborations, and evidence based practices and models to treat children affected by trauma.
A list of links and references on trauma informed education, mental health and child welfare.
This presentation at the Southern Region Student Wellness Conference in July 2015 addresses traumatic experiences of youth, the impacts of these experiences, and how schools can respond. Presented by Pam Kahn and Lucy Vezzuto PhD.
Youth Mental Health
This presentation addresses common mental health disorders, risk factors, difference between normal behavior and a disorder, understanding referral resources and professional collaboration in support of students with mental health issues.