School & Youth Organizations
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published guidance for clinicians on screening for emotional and behavioral disorders.
The Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health offers information on adolescent development and a wide range of resources and online training for professionals.
SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides information on the role of high school teachers in preventing suicide.
SAMHSA-HRSA CIHS reviews the latest resources and research related integrated care from children and youth, and compiles the most helpful information
The Kennedy Forum offers several resources for educators, including 5 Pillars, the Pathway to Improving the Delivery of Mental Health Services in Education; and Mental Health Activities for the Classroom
The Society for Adolescent Health Medicine supports adolescent health and medicine professionals in variety of ways including clinical care resources and professional development.
Ending the Silence is a no-cost, 50 minute presentation designed to give middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through discussion and short videos. The program is delivered by a two-person team trained by NAMI Southern Arizona, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery with a diagnosable mental health condition. Students learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and learn what to do if they or someone they know is showing these signs. They also learn how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. Once the program is completed, handouts are sent home to parents informing them of the program. Ending the Silence is also available for school staff and families.
To request Ending the Silence for your school or organization, please reach out to Kiley Horn at Kiley@AZYP.org or Becky Nuffer, NAMI Membership Coordinator, at 520.622.5582 with any questions
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Text, Talk, Act is a free, 50-minute interactive activity that guides students in a discussion using a series of pre-programmed text messages. Participants gather in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group and receive a series of text messages that facilitates a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.
Text, Talk, Act can be done on its own, or it can be scheduled consecutively with Ending the Silence to increase the engagement with and retention of the learning.
For questions or to request Text, Talk, Act for your group, please contact Raquel Goodrich, Raquel@texttalkact.com
Not Broken is a candid, unflinching, yet hopeful one-hour documentary about the lives of seven young people who have mental illnesses, told in their own brave words. To highlight that mental illness affects all of us, these stories represent a spectrum of different experiences. Some of the participants are youth of color, some identify as LGBTQ, some have survived sexual abuse, poverty, bullying – and all are fighting to live their dreams despite their mental health challenges. Segments of Not Broken are featured on PBS LearningMedia and are supplemented with teacher guides, discussion guides and additional resources. These short film modules can be used to support viewing of Not Broken while engaging students in discussions about mental health, trauma, self-harm, drug use, suicide, violence and the stereotypes, myths and realities of living with mental illness.
Click to access the full documentary, vignettes and PBS LearningMedia collection.
For additional information, contact Cheryl Gerken, Educational Outreach Coordinator, at 520.621.4792
YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people to teach them how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or who may be in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight hour training which can be delivered in one day or in two 4-hour sessions.
For more information on Youth Mental Health First aid, contact Kelley Coronado at Kelley@AZYP.org
Click Here to go to Arizona Youth Partnership's page to register!
Anti-Stigma Educational Strategies and Programs
Developed by the Help & Hope for YOUth Education & Training Task Force, this listing of educational strategies and programs includes the name, topics, intended audience, evidence basis, cost, ease of use and pros and cons. Click to download.
Mental Health Intercept Map and Toolkit
The Mental Health Intercept Map (MHIM) is based on Substance use and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Sequential Intercept Model (SIM).
The Mental Health Intervention Mapping Toolkit is intended to provide county-specific resources for all youth and act as the bridge to getting the help they may need. For those who implement this, it will allow for self assessment of key issues in their community for mental health and provide local resources to fill those gaps.
MHIM has 4 primary objectives:
Develop a mental health map of how children, youth, and young adults flow through systems of care and who can intercept youth at each level.
Identify resources, gaps in services, and opportunities at each intercept for children, youth, and young adults ages 5-24.
Develop priorities to improve the system.
Increase capacity for information capture and data collection.
*Resources are currently being gathered to put together an individualized toolkit for each county. Click here for a more detailed walkthrough of the map!
For any additional questions, please reach out to Kiley Horn at Kiley@AZYP.org
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