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NEW -- Anxiety at School: ATeacher's Guide by Mary Margaret Kerr

Lindsay Gasparovich created some of this presentation as a student in Pitt’s School-based Behavioral Health Training Program with Dr. Kerr.  At the time of the creation of this document, she serves as a clinical supervisor in a local crisis program, and generously gave permission to use her work.

First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders The Ultimate Guide to Incident Management for Higher Education (PDF – 2 MB).

Directories for Behavioral Health Treatment Providers

Back to School Toolkit

  • Courtesy of Mental Health America, the Back to School Toolkit is developed each year and released in mid-August in anticipation of the start of the new school year.
  • MHAs 2018 Back to School Toolkit provides young people with information to help them understand the effects that trauma can have on the on the mind and how trauma can trigger the onset of mental health conditions.

Breathe, Think, Do (for Apple) (for Android) (for Kindle)

  • Launched in December 2013 by Sesame Street, this bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving.
  • This app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions.
  • Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5).

Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health Project in Colorado

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA

  • Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Our mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools.
  • The center receives a constant flow of information and resources, outreaches for more, and based on ongoing assessments and analyses of needs related to policy, practice, research, and training, develops new resources and networks and provides strategic support. A key aspect of this is a focus on the latest reports, evaluations, prevalence/incidence data, and empirically and evidence based outcome studies. All identified relevant resources are added to our clearinghouse and entered as topical links on our website's Quick Find for ready access.
  • Education Leaders’ Guide to Transforming Student and Learning Supports, published April 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicade Services (CMS)

Colorado Crisis Support Services

  • Provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • This service was created by Senate Bill 13-266 - Coordinated Behavioral Health Crisis Response and launched in December 2014.
  • This initiative will create a foundation for the development of a comprehensive statewide behavioral health crisis care system for individuals, families, and communities.
    • It will improve access to the most appropriate resources and services as early as possible;
    • decrease the number of unnecessary involuntary civil commitments, utilization of hospital emergency departments, jails, prisons, and homeless programs for individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency; and
    • promote recovery for the individual.
  • Statewide 24-Hour crisis + support line – Lines staffed by skilled professionals and peers to assess and make appropriate referrals to resources and treatment. 1.844.493.8255 (TALK)
  • Walk-in crisis services / crisis stabilization unit(s) – 24 hour Urgent care services with capacity for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.
  • Mobile crisis services – 24 hour Mobile crisis units with the ability to respond within one-hour in urban and two-hours in rural areas to a behavioral health crisis in the community for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.
  • Crisis Respite/Residential – A range of short-term crisis residential services (e.g., supervised apartments/houses, foster homes, and crisis stabilization services).
  • Statewide awareness campaign and communication – multi-media campaign/branding and communication to increase awareness of behavioral health illness and resources.
  • Information Sheet

Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)

Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)

  • Youth with High Behavioral Health Needs in Colorado: Cross-System Utilization Patterns, August 2014
    • This evaluation represents the first attempt to comprehensively document service utilization across child serving systems. Data was obtained from multiple data systems which required effort from many data staff. This comprehensive system analysis provides information regarding the factors that impact youth outcomes to possibly lead to more effective intervention and coordination of services between systems. We hope that this report will be helpful in moving Colorado forward to a system of care that meets the needs of children with behavioral health concerns and their families. 

Colorado Education Initiative

College Counseling From a Distance: Deciding Whether and When to Engage in Telemental Healh Services

  • Courtesy of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA). 

Cope Care Deal

  • The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands created its Adolescent Mental Health Initiative to synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents. The Initiative creates books and Web materials for adolescents on topics including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicide prevention. CopeCareDeal is administered with the assistance of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents en Español

  • Posted January 2013.
  • Radio program on EDUCARadio from Denver Public Schools to provide information to Spanish speaking students and parents.

Find Youth Info

  • was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Youth Mental Health

A Guide to School Mental Health Services

  • Revised in 2007 by the Colorado Department of Education, Office of Special Education
  • This guide is designed for parents and school staff who may have questions about the mental health services available in schools and how to access these supports for students who are experiencing behavioral or social/emotional problems. This guide is not intended to provide legal interpretation or advice. In many cases local school district policies will provide further clarification of the issues presented in this guide. Its purpose is to provide answers to many of the questions that often arise about school mental health services.

Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in US Military Families

  • Published May 2013 in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Up to 2 million US children have been exposed to a wartime deployment of a loved one in the past 10 years. Many service members have returned from combat deployments with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury. The mental health and well-being of spouses, significant others, children (and their friends), and extended family members of deployed service members continues to be significantly challenged by the experiences of wartime deployment as well as by combat mortality and morbidity.
  • This clinical report is for all pediatricians, both active duty and civilian, to aid in caring for children whose loved ones have been, are, or will be deployed.

The IRIS Center

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center is headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Our primary objective is to create and infuse resources about evidence-based practices into preservice preparation and professional development programs. To facilitate this process, IRIS disseminates and offers trainings on those resources.
  • Accommodations resources
  • Behavior and Classroom Management resources
  • He Just Needs a Little Discipline, Case Based Learning Activity

  • Working aged men (25-54 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in Colorado.
  • Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy™ is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change

Mental Health First Aid Colorado

  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.
  • Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public — they are the most likely to encounter people who are suffering from emotional health problems. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or addiction.
  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado teaches caring Colorado citizens how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
  • Find a Class
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
    • The Mental Health First Aid USA Youth Curriculum is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Resource Guide 
    • Mental Health First Aid Colorado has complied a resource guide surrounding the intersection of mental health and schools/youth development organizations.
    • Launched in 2014

Mental Health Colorado

  • NEW School Mental Health Toolkit Mental Health Colorado worked with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program to develop this Toolkit. This toolkit was created to help community advocates, schools, and local leaders work together to: assess, identify, prioritize, and fund school-based mental health services.


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)  

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

National Eating Disorders Association

  • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
  • Educator, Coach & Athletic Trainer, and Parent Toolkits
    • NEDA Toolkits are free resources designed to educate on eating disorders. You can also request that a CD-ROM with all three toolkits be sent to a local school or community organization near you.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • Statistics, educational resources, and publications categorized by disorder and by age or gender.
  • The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

  • An office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. First funded in 2010, OAH supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates HHS efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public. OAH is the convener and catalyst for the development of a national adolescent health agenda.
  • Mental Health

Parenting for Service Members and Veterans

  • Parenting for Service Members and Veterans is a first-of-its-kind resource addressing the unique challenges of parenting in military families. This anonymous self-help course is designed to provide military parents with the skills and resources they need to improve their parenting and connect with their families. There are interactive activities and stories of real military and veteran families that will provide valuable skills for the everyday challenges of raising military children, with particular emphasis on reconnecting following a separation such as deployment and to give military and veteran  parents the skills and tools to build stronger families.
  • The course and content were developed by experts from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Released in January 2014.

Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses.

  • Courtesy of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA).

  • This resource is intended for use by colleges and universities that are affected by and/or want to be prepared for campus crises and campus deaths. 

 Realizing the Promise of the Whole-School Approach to Children’s Mental Health: A Practical Guide for Schools

  • Published in 2011 by the Education Development Center, in partnership with the Safe Schools / Healthy Students initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services.
  • This is a SS/HS guide to implementing mental health promotion and prevention programs in elementary and middle schools. This guide enables school and community practitioners to join together for children’s mental health in schools; provides a practical, hands-on approach with examples from SS/HS sites; describes the phases and steps for effective implementation; offers strategies for addressing predictable barriers; and provides tools and links to existing tools.

Rural Solutions

  • Rural Solutions is a coalition of grassroots organizations, mental health providers, social services departments, handicapped services, public health, Area Agency on Aging and elected officials.
  • They work to coordinate health and human service needs assessments and program development in ten counties in Northeast Colorado. These counties include: Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.
  • The LifeSource Project is a program of Rural Solutions, a non-profit organization serving Northeast Colorado.  In 2009, Rural Solutions formed the Second Wind Fund of Northeast Colorado to focus specifically on youth suicide prevention in this region. The program was renamed LifeSource Project to support all of the suicide prevention programs.
  • LifeSource Project removes financial barriers for youth at-risk for suicide to get the help that they need. Our community has shown its depth of understanding around the issue of youth suicide through their support for the LifeSource Project.
  • LifeSource Project Referral Guidelines
  • LifeSource Project Referral Form

Safety First and other information for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

School-based Behavioral Health

  • Professionals working in school-based behavioral health will find many resources on this page. Teachers will find many classroom strategies for handling different student behaviors and needs.  Students and the faculty members in the University of Pittsburgh’s School-based Behavioral Health Specialization have developed professional development resources including slide presentations and accompanying study guides, handbooks, forms, newsletters, and pod casts for your use. These materials are copyrighted, so you are asked to contact SBBH before using them in your own work.

Second Wind Fund

  • Second Wind Fund offers actual treatment services to at-risk children and youth. Second Wind Fund has built an innovative program to urgently match children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community. 
  • Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff (School Counselors, Social Workers or Psychologists) and sometimes by other mental health professionals. Home schooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible.  If the referred youth is at risk for suicide and does not have adequate insurance or the means to pay for the necessary mental health treatment, the cost of therapy is paid for by Second Wind Fund.
  • Eligibility Requirements and Making a Referral

Strengthening Family Support for Young People with Mental Health Needs in the Transition to Adulthood: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers

  • Tipsheet produced September 2012 by Pathways Transition Training Collaborative, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Dear Colleague Letter, July 11, 2013
    • This is a comprehensive guidance letter to child welfare professionals and providers serving children and families who have experienced severe trauma. This guidance—based on emerging research and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study—encourages the integrated use of trauma-focused screening, functional assessments, and evidence-based best practices to improve children’s well-being.

We Shall Remain

  • Video created by a tribe in Idaho for a UNITY Conference in 2014 about historical trauma in Native American populations.
  • UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth) is a national organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native Youth.  UNITY hosts national conferences and challenges Tribes to have local events.

What a Difference a Friend Makes

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. This group has a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.
  • The opportunity for recovery is more likely in a society of acceptance, and this initiative is meant to inspire young people to serve as the mental health vanguard, motivating a societal change toward acceptance and decreasing the negative attitudes that surround mental illness. Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation, enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential.


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