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  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) provides training and support, and seeks to improve schools' conditions for learning through measurement and program implementation.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools include free tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.
  • Community Conversations About Mental Health provides information on how to hold a community dialogue that breaks down misconceptions and builds awareness and support around mental health issues.
  • MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
  • StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. 
  • SpecialEducationGuide.com is the go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures, and best practices in special education.
  • The ICareBy Campaign offers specific positive actions to take that have been proven to be successful, along with ways to encourage others to do the same.
  • Break Free from Depression is a 4-module curriculum focused on increasing awareness around adolescent depression and it is designed for use in high school classrooms. 
  • The team at RNtoBSN.org has created an online guide to help nurses and teachers combat misinformation about children's safety and health. The guide includes 1) more than 15 pages of health and safety illustration in PDF form, which is free to download; 2) treatment information for ailments from allergies to concussions; 3) basic personal hygiene information; and 4) strategies for keeping children healthy. The guide can be found here: http://www.rntobsn.org/resources/school-nurses-guide-to-kids-health-and-safety/.  

Mental Health to Support Student Learning: Training Modules for Educators & School-Based Staff

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is pleased to announce the development and release of a seven module mental health training curriculum for educators and other school-based staff. The collection of modules entitled Mental Health to Support Student Learning: Training Modules for Educators and School-Based Staffare designed to assist educators and school-based staff in identifying, referring and providing other needed support to youth (birth-21 years old) with mental health needs. The curriculum recognizes the interconnectedness of mental health and school achievement and the value of educators, school-based staff, and families in promoting youth success. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) led an interagency/organization team in the development of the modules, and collaborated closely with the Center for School Mental Health for final product development and dissemination. The modules, with audio and FREE continuing education credits, are available at www.mdbehavioralhealth.com.

Materials related to each of the seven modules are provided below. For each of the modules, there is a PowerPoint presentation with and without a script, and a handout of the PowerPoint presentation (6 slides per page). All modules include learning objectives, material based on evidence based practice and strategies, practical examples for educators and other school-based staff, a school-based case study and an assessment of knowledge.

Module 1: Understanding Student Development and Mental Health

Module 2: Mental Health Problems: Understanding  Internalizing Behaviors

Module 3: Mental Health Problems: Understanding Externalizing Behaviors

Module 4: Best Practice Frameworks and Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Health

Module 5: Data Informed Decision Making

Module 6: Cultural Competency

Module 7: Collaboration and Communication