Mental Health & Wellness

It is no secret. Children and teens who are resilient and possess a sense of self worth, who like school, have friends and feel connected to adults at home and at school, will perform better in school and in the world around them. Sometimes, however, mental health issues can effect how a student thinks, feels and acts. Learn more.

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can have negative lasting effects on health and wellbeing.
  • Self Injury and Recovery Research and Resources (SIRRR) – This website is part of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and provides links and resources to self injury information.
  • The Childhood Adversity Narratives – In this Narrative, ACES is used generically to refer to overlapping sets of traumatic and adverse childhood experiences and home environment factors that substantially increase a child’s risk for serious, lifelong medical and mental illnesses.
  • School Mental Health Project (SMHP) was created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions.
  • ACT for Youth initiative, supported by the New York State Department of Health, provides information about positive youth development as well as risky and unhealthy behaviors among adolescents.
    Our mission is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education.
  • School Mental Health is designed for use by anyone who is interested in school mental health.
  • AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
    This publication identifies six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.
    National Center works with school districts and communities as they plan, implement, and sustain initiatives that foster resilience, promote mental health, and prevent youth violence and mental and behavioral disorders.
    The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Resource Center) offers resources and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and local communities to prevent youth violence and promote the overall well-being of children, youth, and their families. We believe that, with the right resources and support, all communities – regardless of their ZIP code – can promote positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

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“Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude."

- Dale Carnegie