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Find mental health and wellness resources to help students address the challenges they may be facing as it relates to trauma and mental health.

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Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Here are some ways you can help students and their families.

The National Center for School Mental Health has compiled a list of web-based resources to assist school administrators, educators, health and mental health providers, parents/guardians, and other caring adults to better support students following traumatic events such as school shootings.

ED, HHS Issue Recommendations to Improve Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development, Mental Health

The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services issued a Dear Colleague Letter with four recommendations to equitably support the social-emotional development and mental health of young children, on June 14, 2022.

The departments intend for the recommendations and action steps to help early childhood systems work collaboratively to ensure that young children and their caregivers have access to high-quality resources.

The Dear Colleague Letter addresses state, territorial, tribal, and local policymakers and administrators of systems, agencies, and programs responsible for young children’s health and well-being, social-emotional development, and early learning.

A series of videos, to be released throughout the summer and hosted on the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ website, spotlights issues for supporting young children’s mental health and well-being.

The letter, recommendations, and resources are part of ongoing work across the federal government to address mental health needs of children and their families.

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New Program: “Creating a Trusted Space”

The California Department of Education (CDE) and CalHope are hosting a 60-minute mini professional development program that includes a film and a research-based curriculum. The curriculum, “Creating a Trusted Space in Five Days,” is designed to help teachers and other youth-serving adults work with students to create trusted atmospheres where healing and learning happen naturally.

It will be available free to all K–12 California educators, school staff, and youth-serving adults.

This program follows another critical mental health support program, “Angst: Building Resilience,” which launched in October, 2021. Both programs are easy-to-use, free resources that can be implemented immediately across California schools. Register for this free program here: A Trusted Space