By The HPS Mental Health Team
Student mental health remains as important as ever, given the impacts of prolonged physical separation from schools and peers. Our HPS Mental Health Toolkit has timely resources for your students.
We acknowledge that many student mental health supports are already built into the structure and teams within our schools. Social workers, counselors, teachers, family engagement specialists, nurses, administrators, community partners, paraeducators, student peers, and many others provide vital and consistent supports on a daily basis using Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).
Schools remain the largest providers of mental health services in America, and in many ways, welcoming students into hybrid learning will alleviate some of these challenges through increased contact and access to school-based resources.
However, it can be difficult to track down specific supports, especially in the unique and rapidly changing context of the 2020-21 school year. Our toolkit synthesizes key resources and links. It was developed by our HPS Mental Health Team with support from Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) staff, SEL specialists, and school counselors. Printed copies of the posters mentioned in the toolkit will be delivered to every school during spring break.
Here are links to additional resources:
- Make Mental Health Part of Overall Wellness
- Incorporate SEL into Schools
- Access School-Employed ESA Professionals
- Utilize School-Based Health Centers & Mental Health Partners
- Emphasize Staff Wellness
- Incorporate Trauma-Informed Principles & Staff Training
- Prioritize Suicide Prevention
- Communicate Additional Needs