Mental Health/SEL/School Support Services
Mental Health First Aid
Best Practice-Based Programs
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:
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Suicide Prevention Resources
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.
Substance Use Resources
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drugs of Abuse
Social Emotional Learning Resources
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.
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.
Bullying Prevention Resources
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
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.
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
Mental Health Resources for Parents/Guardians