Ensure students have access to mental health professionals

Preparing for emergencies and response to crisis means working with mental health professionals and staff to identify signs of possible issues and then planning for responses. 

Resources: 

  • National Institute of Mental Health - This website offers tips for warning signs, links to depression, coping with traumatic events, and a brochure and fact sheet links.
  • Mental Health America - This website has a downloadable tool kit on how to embed mental health best practices on school campus. Charts include daily activities, such as diet, exercise, and home health that are helpful to share with parents and the greater school community. 
  • California PTA - The PTA provides valuable Information on bullying prevention that is useful with parents. There is also a link “online and digital behavior” that gives a list of best practices on best practices of expected online behavior. 
  • Attendance Works - This 53-page PDF document addresses student mental health (page 3) with examples of each California County’s best practices when dealing with student health.
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