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Mental Health

The vision of the ESC-20 Mental Health Collaborative is to collectively increase awareness amongst educators and school staff on mental health concerns and underlying trauma impacting our students and community.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to present a 56-minute webinar addressing possible ways to support young people during COVID-19. The webinar also outlined how to have conversations with children and adolescents about what is happening. View the webinar for more information.
Texas Statewide Mental Health Support during COVID-19:  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are working to safeguard the health and safety of all Texans. This website contains information on the following:
  •  Mental Health Support Line - speak with a mental health professional 24/7 Call: (833) 986 - 1919.  The flyer is available HERE.
  • HHSC Mental Health Resources - Includes mental health and substance use. Click HERE for more information.
  • CDC's Mental Health and Coping Resources.  Click HERE for more information.
Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a new resource to assist schools with the emotional and physical well-being of staff and students to create a trauma-informed learning environment. Download a PDF copy of the resource.
Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience During COVID-19 Pandemic
Child Trend’s recently released 4 protective factor’s that help promote resilience in children during COVID-19. 

Grief Informed and Trauma Informed Practices

A MESSAGE FROM SEL4TX on COVID-19: The document below contains tips and strategies for preventing, managing, and coping with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and for developing the social and emotional skills youngsters will need for managing and coping with this, and future life challenges, as well.

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.  A list of all Mental Health First Aid studies and academic reviews from around the world is available HERE

Social and Emotional School Climate

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. 

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.

Television Show Linked to Increased Youth Suicide Rates

A study conducted, in part, by the National Institutes of Health found the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a nearly 30 percent increase in suicide rates among youth. This report shines a light on the importance of responsible portrayal of suicide by the media. Read the report to learn more information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Article:

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.

Educator Mental Health Literacy Resource:

The document below describes the role of educators in supporting student mental health, explains the core components of mental health literacy, and provides an annotated list of existing resources and trainings that instruct educators on mental health literacy.


Looking for facts on depression and anxiety in children? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety and 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression. Read the webpage for more information.


Suicide Prevention

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center released a new fact sheet for high school teachers that includes information on recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs. The fact sheet also includes suicide prevention resources and other information to help prevent suicide among students. Go to the webpage to download a PDF copy of the resource.