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Teachers and adults who work with children and youth play a key role in supporting students who experience mental health difficulties.  In this section, find out how you can SUPPORT children and youth by promoting mental well-being in the classroom, reducing the stigma associated with mental health difficulties, increasing students’ willingness to ask for help when needed, and providing accommodations and a context in which troubled youth can achieve optimally.

Mental Health Support Resources

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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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A Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan for Grades 9 to 12

This Teacher’s Guide developed by KidsHealth, an online health education resource supported by the Nemours Foundation, includes two lessons on …

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A Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan for Grades 6 to 8

This Teacher’s Guide, developed by KidsHealth, an online health education resource supported by the Nemours Foundation in the U.S., includes …

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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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Multi-language factsheets on mental health and addiction

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada, has created multilingual factsheets on mental health and addiction in …

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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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A helpful app for managing anxiety

MindShift is a free, downloadable app for iPhone, iPad and android devices that is designed to help teens and young …

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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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Working Through Anxiety and Depression

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America is an international, non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for …

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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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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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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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An Anxiety Prevention and Resilience Building program in British Columbia: The BC Friends for Life program

The BC Friends for Life program (originally the FRIENDS program) was developed in Australia, and first introduced to schools in …

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Strategies to support students with Separation Anxiety 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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Strategies for supporting students with Panic 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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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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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Promoting positive body image – The Eating Disorder Prevention Program – Jessie’s Legacy

This link on “Promoting Positive Body Image and Preventing Disordered Eating” is part of the Eating Disorder Prevention Program – …

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Classroom strategies for coping with Autism: 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 coping with Anxiety 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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Teaching strategies for students with Adjustment Disorder: OrganizedTeaching.com

This link on Adjustment Disorder is made available through the OrganizedTeaching.com website. Visitors to the site will find several links …

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Ways to support students with 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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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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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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How teachers can help students who Stutter: MyHealth.Alberta.ca

This Canadian link on How a Teacher Can Help a Student Who Stutters, is part of a larger, online …

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A Stuttering resource for children, teachers and parents: The International Stuttering Association

This link leads to a stuttering resource made available by the International Stuttering Association (ISA). Visitors to the site will …

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Tips for teachers about Separation Anxiety Disorder: The Irresistible ideas for play based learning blog

This link leads to a blog titled, “Separation anxiety: Tips for teachers”. Visitors to the site are provided with a …

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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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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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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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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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Medical/disability information for classroom teachers of students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Learn Alberta

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This link leads to a four-page PDF resource for classroom teachers on oppositional defiant disorder. Following a brief description of …

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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