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Many mental health disorders first emerge in childhood and adolescence, with an estimated 15-20% of North American children and youth experiencing significant mental health problems. In order to support these students, it is important for adults to foster mental well-being and mental health literacy in their classrooms and schools. This section provides resources for promoting mental health literacy, including learning about mental well-being as well as the mental health disorders that some children and youth faced.

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Equipping Students and Educators with Mental Health First Aid Skills

Developed in 2001, Mental Health First Aid Australia serves as a national not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health training and …

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Suicide Prevention Lessons and Video Resources for Grades 7-12

Kathleen Gasparini, a secondary health educator with over 20 years of experience, developed this lesson plan on suicide prevention for …

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Teen Mental Health Guide for Parents and Caregivers

The Right By You campaign was created by Partners for Mental Health in Canada to improve mental health and prevent …

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Tools for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health

The Collaborative Mental Health Care website was developed by child and youth mental health clinicians in Calgary, Hamilton and Ottawa, …

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Mental Health Awareness for Schools

This comprehensive website, presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association, includes general information and strategies for maintaining mental wellness, as …

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Suicide Prevention Training for Teachers

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid provided by LivingWorks Education, an …

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What educators can do to help a traumatized child at school

This is a straightforward list of 14 specific, practical ideas for educators to help support traumatized children in their classrooms. …

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Some tips on self-care for educators working with children with trauma

Recognizing that educators working directly with traumatized children and adolescents are vulnerable to the effects of trauma, this information sheet, …

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How schools and educators can support refugee children’s adjustment to school in North America

This section of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) website outlines several considerations for schools and educators for supporting …

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An online resource for understanding refugee trauma in children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a U.S. organization with a goal to improve access to care, treatment, …

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Easy Classroom Accommodations for Students with ADHD

Written by a special education teacher, this blog post describes seven easy and accessible accommodations that can be implemented in …

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Multilingual information pamphlets on mental health disorders

The Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development has developed information pamphlets on several mental health disorders in children in …

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Working with Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders: Resources for Parents, Children, and Youth

AnxietyBC (British Columbia, Canada), established in 1999, is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about anxiety and anxiety …

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A California Resource Center for K-12 Educators to Support Students’ Mental, Social, and Emotional Health

The California Healthy Kids Resource Center (California, USA) is a center devoted to supporting California schools in creating safe and …

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Understand Anxiety and Learn Strategies to Help Combat It

Calm Clinic is a website designed to help users understand anxiety, an often misunderstood condition. Calm clinic explores what anxiety …

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Use Cognitive Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Depression

Moodgym (Australia) is a free interactive training program developed to help young people learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for preventing …

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Mental Health Assistance for Schools in Ontario, Canada

School Mental Health-ASSIST (SMH ASSIST) is a support team designed to aid Ontario’s 72 school boards in the promotion of …

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A website for youth in British Columbia to check in on their mental health and connect to local support

Mindcheck is a website for youth and young adults (age 13 and above) to understand their mental health, look up …

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Prevent and Manage Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

The HereToHelp project was established in 2003 by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, with a goal …

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Prevent Bullying and Substance Abuse, Promote Student Mental Health and SEL

PromotePrevent.org is a website that is part of a global non-profit organization, The Education Development Centre Inc., which designs, delivers …

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Insights into Mental States and Behaviour across Development

Published in 2009, this book is a collaborative and interdisciplinary investigation of early social cognition from developmental psychology and developmental …

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Free mental health education and screening event in British Columbia

Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Day is an annual mental health awareness campaign coordinated by Canadian Mental Health Association …

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Supporting students’ mental health as they transition from high school

This report, published in April 2013 by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), provides an overview of school-based mental …

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A comprehensive overview of Dysthymia: Internet Mental Health

The following link on Dysthymia – a persistent depressive disorder – is part of a larger online resource made available …

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An overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Dissociative Identity Disorder: Canadian Mental Health Association

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This link on Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously referred to as multiple personality disorder) is made available by the Canadian Mental

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A comprehensive overview of Suicide in Adolescents: Teen Mental Health

The following link on suicide is part of a larger, online resource made available by Teen Mental Health. Teen …

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A comprehensive overview of Schizophrenia: Teen Mental Health

This link on schizophrenia is part of a larger, online resource made available by Teen Mental Health. Teen Mental …

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An overview of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Canadian Mental Health Association

This link on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is part of a larger online resource made available on the Canadian

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Classroom strategies for students with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Healthy Minds Canada

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When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers is a 56-page resource booklet published in 2007 by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. …

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Classroom strategies for students suffering from Eating Disorders: Healthy Minds Canada

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When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers is a 56-page resource booklet published in 2007 by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. …

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Understanding Dissociation in the classroom and strategies to support these students: The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to developing and …

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Classroom strategies for students with Conduct Disorder: Healthy Minds Canada

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When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers is a 56-page resource booklet published in 2007 by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. …

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Multilingual information about Borderline Personality Disorder: The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

The following link on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is part of a larger online resource provided by the Kelty Mental …

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Understanding the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for Bipolar Disorder: Teen Mental Health

The following link on bipolar disorder is part of a larger online resource made available by Teen Mental Health. …

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Understanding the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment options for Trichotillomania: The Trichotillomania Learning Center

The Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) is dedicated to providing information and support to individuals suffering with compulsive hair pulling, skin …

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A comprehensive overview of Trichotillomania: The Child Mind Institute

This link on Trichotillomania in children is part of a larger online resource provided by the Child Mind Institute. Visitors …

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Tourette’s Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

The following link makes available a two-page Tourette’s Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom developed by the Minnesota Association for

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A comprehensive overview of Tourette Syndrome and general classroom strategies: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

This link on Tourette Syndrome is part of a larger, online resource providing information on neurological disorders that was prepared …

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Understanding Tourette Syndrome and how to support individuals with it: Tourette Canada

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Tourette Canada is a volunteer-based, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with Tourette syndrome through education, support …

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Practical recommendations and interventions for Suicide and Suicidal Ideation: The University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development

The following link leads to a 7-page PDF entitled, Suicidal ideation and behavior: Recommendations for schools in preventing and addressing

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An overview of the risk and protective factors associated with teen suicide: WebMD

This link by WebMD provides information on preventing teen suicide. Visitors to the site will find information on both risk …

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A presentation about Suicidal Behaviour in children and adolescents

This link leads to a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Nadine Kaslow on Suicidal Behavior in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Kaslow’s …

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Learning about the development of Substance Use Disorder and approaches to prevention and intervention: The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

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This link leads to a 90-page PDF report entitled, Childhood and Adolescent Pathways to Substance Use Disorders, published by …

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Behavioral health facts and classroom tips for Substance Use Disorder: The Colorado Department of Education

The following link leads to a two-page PDF resource on substance use disorders published by the Colorado Department of Education …

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A comprehensive overview of Substance-Use Disorder in youth: The Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute website provides a comprehensive overview of Substance-Use Disorder in young people. The Institute also provides access …

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An overview of Stuttering as well as informative videos on how to listen to someone who stutters: The Canadian Stuttering Association

The Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization that is run by volunteers dedicated to helping individuals across Canada …

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Causes, signs, and symptoms of Stuttering: KidsHealth

This link on Stuttering is part of a larger online resource provided by KidsHealth. Visitors to the site will …

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An overview of Separation Anxiety Disorder including symptoms, causes, and treatment options: WebMD

This link by WebMD provides an overview of Separation Anxiety Disorder, including symptoms of Separation Anxiety Disorder, causes and prevalence …

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Schizophrenia fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

The following link makes available a two-page Schizophrenia fact sheet for the classroom developed by the Minnesota Association for Children’s

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Multilingual fact sheets for Schizophrenia in Children: The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryReprinted with the permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ©2015. All Rights Reserved

The following link …

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Understanding Childhood Schizophrenia: Mayo Clinic

The following link on Childhood Schizophrenia is part of a larger online resource developed by a team of experts from …

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Classroom strategies for students with Sensory Processing Disorder: The Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center

The following link on dealing with children and Sensory Processing Disorder at school is one of several topics on Sensory …

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Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder: The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

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The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults struggling …

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Regulation Disorder of Sensory Processing fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

The following link leads to a two-page mental health fact sheet on Regulation Disorder of Sensory Processing in young children …

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom developed by the Minnesota Association for

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An overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Anxiety and Depression Association of America

This link on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is part of a larger online resource developed by the Anxiety and Depression …

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Multilingual fact sheets about Panic Disorder: The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryReprinted with the permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ©2015. All Rights Reserved

This link on …

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An overview of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for Panic Disorder and what it is like to live with it: The National Institute of Mental Health

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This link on Panic Disorder is part of a larger online resource on Health & Education provided by the National

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Learning about the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for Panic Disorder: Teen Mental Health

This link on panic disorder is part of a larger online resource made available by Teen Mental Health. Teen …

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Helping adults recognize Panic Disorder in youth: Anxiety BC

This link on panic disorder is part of a larger, online resource on anxiety disorders developed by the Anxiety Disorders …

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Oppositional Defiant Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom developed by the Minnesota Association for

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Multilingual fact sheets about Oppositional Defiant Disorder: The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry Reprinted with the permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ©2015. All Rights Reserved

This link on …

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom that was developed by the Minnesota Association

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An overview of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and school-based interventions for it: The Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute

This link on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) provides visitors to the site with an overview of what OCD is and what …

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Perfectionism in the classroom: An article looking at what it looks like and classroom-based interventions

This link leads to a 9-page article titled; Perfectionism: Its Manifestations and Classroom-Based Interventions. The article by Nugent (full …

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Learning about Perfectionism: The British Broadcasting Corporation

This link leads to an article which provides a brief overview of perfectionism, including the differences between normal and neurotic …

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Learning about Kleine-Levin Syndrome through videos and detailed case histories: KLS Support UK

The KLS Support website in the United Kingdom was started in 2011 by mothers whose children were suffering from Kleine-Levin …

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A peer reviewed article providing an overview of Kleine-Levin Syndrome

This link leads to a peer-reviewed, open-access article on Kleine-Levin Syndrome (full citation provided below). In this article, Ramdurg (2010) …

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Learning about the symptoms, treatment, and prognosis of Kleine-Levin Syndrome: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

This link on Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a rare sleep disorder, is part of a larger online resource providing information on neurological …

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Teaching students with eating disorders: Bodywhys

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This link leads to a leaflet developed by Bodywhys that provides teachers and youth workers with information about eating disorders. …

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Eating Disorders Fact Sheet for the Classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Eating Disorders Fact Sheet for the Classroom that was developed by the Minnesota Association

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Multilingual fact sheet and information about Eating Disorders: The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryReprinted with the permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ©2015. All Rights Reserved

This link on …

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Learn about Dysthymia and strategies to support those struggling with it: Mayo Clinic

The following link on Dysthymia – a persistent depressive disorder, is part of a larger online resource developed by a …

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Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Dysthymic Disorder: The Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

This link on Dysthymic Disorder – a persistent depressive disorder, is part of a larger online resource – The Encyclopedia …

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Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder in Children: Psychology Today

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This link on understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in children (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is part of a …

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Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

This link on Dissociative Identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) is part of a larger online resource – …

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Learning about Dissociative Identity Disorder: Medscape

This link by Medscape from WebMD provides an overview of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Visitors to the site will find a …

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Depression fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Depression Fact Sheet for the Classroom that was developed by the Minnesota Association for

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School-based interventions for Depression: The Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute

This link on school-based interventions for depression provides visitors to the site with a list of the symptoms associated with …

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Teaching students with Depression: The British Columbia Ministry of Education

The following link leads to a 48-page PDF resource for teachers developed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. This …

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Learning about Depression and what to do if someone you know is depressed: Teen Mental Health

This link on depression is part of the Teen Mental Health website. Teen Mental Health is a comprehensive website devoted …

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A Conduct Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Conduct Disorder fact sheet for the classroom that was developed by the Minnesota Association

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Understanding Conduct Disorder and discovering the importance of assessing and treating it: Mental Health America

This link on Conduct Disorder is part of a larger, online resource provided by Mental Health America (MHA). Visitors to …

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An overview of Conduct Disorder, including symptoms, causes, and treatments: WebMD

This link to WebMD provides visitors to the site with an overview of Conduct Disorder. Within WebMD’s Mental Health Center, …

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Understanding Brain Injury and how to support these students: Teen Mental Health

This link leads to a free, 27-page publication titled, “Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence”. This informative resource provides a comprehensive …

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Learning about Traumatic Brain Injury: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This link on Traumatic Brain Injury is part of a larger online resource provided by the Centers for Disease Control …

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The brain, its functions, and how to teach students with brain injuries: The Community Brain Injury Program for Children & Youth in British Columbia

The Community Brain Injury Program (CPIB) for Children & Youth in British Columbia website in Canada provides information and links …

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder and the questions to ask when seeking treatment: The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

This link leads to the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) website. Visitors to the site will find …

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Information about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for Borderline Personality Disorder: The National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

This link on Borderline Personality Disorder is part of a larger online resource on Health & Education provided by the …

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An overview of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, including coping and support strategies: The Mayo Clinic

This link on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is part of a larger online resource developed by a team of experts …

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Learning about Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The Anxiety and Depression Association of America

This link on Body Dysmorphic Disorder was developed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) as part of …

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Bipolar Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom that is produced by the Minnesota Association

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder in youth and teens: The National Institute of Mental Health

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This link on Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens is part of a larger online resource on Health & Education …

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Asperger’s Syndrome fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Asperger’s Syndrome Fact Sheet for the Classroom that is produced by the Minnesota Association

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Autism Spectrum Disorder fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link makes available a two-page Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet for the Classroom that is produced by the Minnesota

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Understanding Autism, including how it is screened for and diagnosed: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This link on Autism Spectrum Disorder is part of a larger online resource provided by the Centers for Disease Control …

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Understanding the signs, symptoms, and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): National Institute of Mental Health

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The link on Autism Spectrum Disorder is part of a larger online resource on Health & Education provided by the …

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Autism Speaks: What is Autism?

Autism Speaks provides comprehensive information on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including a description of Autism spectrum disorder, how autism is …

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ADHD fact sheet for the classroom: Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

This link leads to a two-page Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Fact Sheet for use in the classroom. In addition to providing …

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Instructional strategies to help children with ADHD succeed at school: AboutKidsHealth

This link on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at school is part of a larger online resource provided by the …

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Learning about ADHD and how to help children struggling with it: Helpguide

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The following link on ADD/ADHD is part of a larger online resource provided by Helpguide. Visitors to the site will …

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Information about ADHD and strategies to support children with ADHD: National Institute of Mental Health

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The link provided on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is part of a larger online resource on Health and Education provided …

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Anxiety Disorders fact sheet for the classroom: MACMH

The following link makes available a two-page Anxiety Disorders Fact Sheet for the Classroom that is produced by the Minnesota

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Learning about Anxiety Disorders: National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

The following link on Anxiety Disorders is part of a larger online resource on Health & Education provided by the …

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An overview of Adjustment Disorder, including coping and support strategies: The Mayo Clinic

The following link on Adjustment Disorders is part of a larger online resource developed by a team of experts from …

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An overview of the symptoms, prevalence, and treatment for Adjustment Disorder: WebMD

This link by WebMD provides visitors to the site with an overview of Adjustment Disorder/Stress Response Syndrome; including symptoms of …

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A website for learning about Adjustment Disorder in children: Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute website provides a comprehensive overview of Adjustment Disorder in children, which refers to an unusually long …

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Classroom strategies and information on mental health disorders: The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing positive mental health for all …

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A website for supporting students with medical conditions and disabilities: LearnAlberta

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The Canadian webpage on Medical/Disability Information for Classroom Teachers is part of the LearnAlberta website. Visitors to the page …

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A government website that provides scientific research on mental health: The National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a U.S. government organization dedicated to the promotion, support and dissemination of …

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An interactive tool for mental health information: MyHealth Magazine

MyHealth Magazine was created in 2001 as a health literacy resource for young people seeking accurate health information. The magazine …

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A website that helps to support individuals with mental illness in the home, workplace and school: Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a voluntary organization devoted to promoting mental health and supporting “the resilience and …

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Learning about, living with, and caring about mental health: Teen Mental Health

Teen Mental Health is a comprehensive website devoted to enhancing youth mental health by making available scientifically-based resources and tools …

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A network of addiction and mental health sites: Portico- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Portico website – developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), provides access to a vast collection …

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