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Mental Health/SEL/School Support Services

The Mental Health/SEL/School Support Services team includes consultants for School Counseling, School Health and Nursing, and School Safety as well as the Non-Physician Mental Health Education Liaison from the Center for Health Care Services. They work closely together to provide training and resources that support the physical and mental wellness of all students in schools that are safe and healthy. 

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an international training program has proven to be effective through peer-reviewed and evidence-based research. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. To bring Youth MHFA course to your campus or re-certify staff in the new curriculum who are now expired, please contact your Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) Outreach worker or courses are offered through ESC-20. Please remember: this course is free through your LMHA and to Bexar County educators at ESC-20. Youth Mental Health First Aid is listed on Governor Abbott's School Safety Initiative.
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth.


Texas Health and Human Services Commission School Mental Health Supports
This interactive map allows districts to identify their ESC as well as their Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA). By clicking the photo below, you will be redirected to the website of the interactive map. 
Interactive map that crosswalks districts to their ESC and LMHA

The Texas Education Code §38.351 requires the Texas Education Agency, in coordination with the Health and Human Services Commission and regional education service centers, to provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. Each school district may select from the list of programs appropriate for implementation in the district. 


The list of best practice resources can be found on the TEA website at the following web address: 

Mental Health and Behavioral Health | Texas Education Agency


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Texas Suicide Prevention

Texas Suicide Prevention initiative is the result of a collaborative effort throughout the state of Texas of community-based organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce suicides in Texas.


Grief Resources
SEL4TX is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a state network of SEL advocacy and support that focuses on promoting high quality integration into all schools and communities across the state of Texas. 

Report Explores Best Practices of Social, Emotional Learning Programs

If you aim to improve student outcomes, research has shown the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for in-school and out-of-school time programs. Harvard University’s “Preparing for Effective SEL Implementation” outlines best practices and common components of successful SEL programs. Visit the webpage to download a PDF of the report.

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out (Elementary School Focus)

This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs—aimed at elementary schools offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. The first of its kind, the guide allows practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs. It also explains how programs can be adapted from schools to out-of-school-time settings, such as afterschool and summer programs. 


Choose Love Character Social Emotional Development Program

Resources for Teachers and Schools: In response to national and state concerns about the impact of bullying on students, The 82nd Texas Legislature approved measures that require school districts to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. It further directed the DSHS, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to provide an annually updated list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in general education settings.
Bullying Prevention Resolution for SHACs: a model resolution for local School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) to consider recommending for adoption by local school boards.
Bullying Prevention Resources Digest: a list of websites and resources that offer curricula, videos, handouts, connection to expert speakers, and other resources that can be used to address bullying and suicidal behavior - many of which are free.
Bullying Prevention Resources  - Included are bullying talking cards, a one page front and back resource outlining SB 179 - "David's Law", as well as bullying scenarios and checklist from the Texas State - Texas School Safety Center 

How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect The LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.


The National SOGIE Center Promoting the Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Youth and Their Families


Project Restore


As a result of school closures and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been at higher risk of exposure due to adverse childhood experiences and first-hand exposure to the effects of COVID-19. We also know that many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of stress over the course of the pandemic and share many of the concerns regarding loss of safety, health and predictability as students upon the return to school. That’s why TEA has launched Project Restore and this trauma-informed training video series, which is designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect you to relevant science and strategies that can help you address your own emotional needs as well the needs of your students and colleagues. This series will help educators create an environment that jump starts teaching and learning and drives student achievement. 


COVID-19 Mental & Behavioral Health Grief & Trauma Informed Virtual Support and Statewide Resources List

Pre-Recorded Webinar: Supporting Children and Adolescents During COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line Flyer Call toll free at 833-986-1919 or text COVID to 832-479-2135

Texas Health and Human Services Mental Health & Substance Use Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coping with Stress Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Trauma Informed School Strategies During COVID-19

National Center for School Mental Health COVID-19 Resources

Child Trends' Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience During COVID-19 Pandemic

TEA's Grief Informed and Trauma Informed Practices

A Message from SEL4TX on COVID-19


Mental Health Resources for Parents/Guardians