Mental Health Toolkit: Action Signs Project
The Mayo Clinic and the Reach Institute have published Action Signs Project: A Toolkit To Help Parents, Educators and Professionals Identify Children At Behavioral And Emotional Risk. The toolkit is designed to help identify mental illness symptoms early without alarming parents of healthy children.
The 11 "action signs" are written in everyday English instead of medical jargon, with language created through interviews with 6,000 U.S. parents and children.
The list, which is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other groups, seeks to help parents differentiate normal childhood moodiness from abnormal levels of aggression, depression and hyperactivity.
After A Suicide: A Toolkit For Schools
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center have published After A Suicide: A Toolkit For Schools. The toolkit is designed to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. It is meant to serve as a practical resource for schools facing real-time crises to help them determine what to do, when, and how.
The toolkit reflects consensus recommendations developed in consultation with a diverse group of national experts, including school-based personnel, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It incorporates relevant existing material and research findings as well as references, templates, and links to additional information and assistance.
Your Life Matters!
Your Life Matters! features a continually growing website where faith leaders can find information and resources for successful education activities focused on preventing suicide. This project was undertaken by the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which is comprised of multi-faith leaders and clergy, authors, suicide prevention specialists and mental mental professionals. At the website, you'll find:
- Communication aids such as flyers, bulletin inserts, posters and other graphical art
- Worship and spiritual resources such as prayers, meditations and liturgies
- Sermons and homilies
- Other resources for mental health promotion and suicide prevention in faith communities
Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of individuals and organizations across the entire spectrum of the school environment who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community. The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources to empower school communities in the ongoing support of their grieving students.
The Coalition's primary resource is a practitioner-oriented website that provides practical, accessible information for classroom educators, principals, administrators and student support personnel. This user-friendly, interdisciplinary site represents a major step forward in enabling educators to learn about the issue of childhood grief and develop an understanding of how to help. Informed by the expertise of leading bereavement expert David J. Schonfeld, M.D., with feedback and contribution from each participating organization, this online resource uses a dynamic multimedia approach to present current best practices for addressing grief at school.