Programs for High School Faculty & Staff

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Designed specifically for high-school students, these programs will help increase awareness for a variety of mental health issues that commonly affect high-school aged students. By increasing education and awareness, students will be empowered to recognize signs in themselves, or their friends, and be able to give or find strategies for seeking help.

Bring Change to Mind

Audience: High School Students

Description: BC2M’s approach starts with the teen perspective. Through student-led high school clubs, BC2M provides a platform from which the teen voice can finally be heard. With educated conversation around mental illness, we can change perceptions early on and demystify a topic that impacts so many young individuals, either directly through their own experience or indirectly through the experience of family members or friends. BC2M headquarters will provide participating high schools with a range of resources that will help you launch and develop your BC2M club. This includes but is not limited to: access to the BC2M club portal where you’ll find our club guidebook, discussion and activity ideas, and photos from club events, a $500 grant to help fund activities related to the BC2M mission, club swag to help unify your BC2M members and highlight the presence of the club on campus, speakers to present at club or school-wide events, one-year, free subscription to the Headspace meditation app (valued at $145), weekly newsletter with program updates and information, as well as notifications of events, activities, and trainings.

Building from preliminary research, BC2M partnered with an outstanding research team from UC Berkeley to further assess and confirm the effectiveness and overall impact of the BC2M pilot program. Leading this in-depth evaluation were world- renowned researchers and experts in their fields; Dr. Stephen Hinshaw from the University of California, Berkeley and Bennett Leventhal M.D from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. The results from this two-year study can be found at here.

Since its launch in 2015, BringChange2Mind peer-to-peer high school program has made a huge impact. See more on the growth and impact this program has made in both public, private, and charter schools since 2015 in the BC2M IMPACT REPORT.

Cost: Free

bringchange2mind.org

Sources of Strength

Audience: Middle School, High School Students

Description: Strives to provide the highest-quality, evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying, and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact the world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. The driving vision behind the program is to give voice and elevate the various strengths people have to offer and affect communities positively. There must be two to five adult advisors, who mentor a peer leader team.

These advisors can hold a variety of roles including: teachers, counselors, spiritual leaders, community adults, etc. Advisors lead peer teams, often between 10-50 students in size. The initial peer leader training is provided by a certified Sources of Strength trainer in a three to four hour, highly interactive training process. It is mandatory that the local adult advisors participate in the peer leader training.

After the initial training, the peer leaders and adult advisors begin a three to six month series of conversations with other trusted adults and their five to ten closest friends, as well as, create a wide range of Hope, Help, Strength messaging activities targeting a wider and diverse peer group.

Sources of Strength provides a recommended step by step guide of peer leader activities, but teams are able to adjust based on their readiness level and perception of what will work best in their setting. Sources of Strength templates and resources assist with peers connecting with adults and their friendship groups. These templates include examples of local faces posters, local voices audio, videos, presentations, skits, text forwarding, and internet social networking message. Peer teams are encouraged and expected to share their creative efforts with other teams across the country via Sources of Strength webpages, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sources of Strength staff provides monthly teleconference support and planning materials and resources for each step of the way.

Cost: $5,000

sourcesofstrength.org

SEL Programming

Audience: K-12

Description: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions.

Cost: Varies

SEL Programs

Classroom Mental Health

Audience: High School Students

Description: Classroom Mental Health provides a toolkit for teachers and other school professionals to help them improve communication, promote wellness, and reduce stigma regarding mental health. The website was developed by experts at the University of Michigan Depression Center in partnership with teachers. The goal of the website is to provide high school administrators and personnel with access to strategies which can be utilized with students to help support wellness and mental health. The website provides referral resources and classroom strategies to promote positive mental health and positive coping skills for students.

Cost: Free

Classroommentalhealth.org

The Heard Alliance

Audience: K-12

Description: Provides information about stress reduction, mindfulness, and common issues that may affect the social emotional functioning of pre-teens and adolescents

Cost: Free

heardalliance.org

Break Free from Depression

Audience: High School Students

Description: Developed with Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry, this a 4-module curriculum focused on increasing awareness about adolescent depression and designed for use in high school classrooms. The goals are to increase adolescents’ awareness about depression, teach them how to recognize it in themselves and in their friends, and give them strategies for finding help.

Cost: This curriculum is now available online for free

Break Free from Depression

Adapting for Life–Surviving the Teens

Audience: Middle School, High School Students

Description: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center created this program to provide in-school mental health education. This program is the most comprehensive, and it remains broadly used in the community. Plans are in place to not only revamp the program, making it more current and diversify the materials and delivery method, but also to expand its availability to approximately 75 schools in 2018.The program consists of a weeklong inoculation of middle and high school students on the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and available resources for not only themselves but others as well.

Cost: CCHMC works with other private entities to cover costs and make the program free of charge to schools

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Psychiatry:
Stacey Hoffman
513-802-8630
stacey.hoffman@cchmc.org

Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS)

Audience: Middle School, High School Students

Description: The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11–13) or high-school (ages 13–17) students.The goals are to (1) decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression, (2) encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend, (3) reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment, (4) engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through gatekeeper education, and (5) encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health.Both the middle and high school programs provide age-appropriate, educational DVDs for school staff to play for students. The middle school video, Time to ACT, and the high school video, Friends for Life, inform students how to ACT® (Acknowledge, Care and Tell), demonstrate the right and wrong ways to help, and show a student talking with a school counselor. The program includes an optional student screening that assesses for depression and suicide risk and identifies students to refer for professional help as indicated. The program also includes a video, Training Trusted Adults, to engage staff, parents, or community members in the program’s objectives and prevention efforts.

Cost: $665

mentalhealthscreening.org

Sources of Strength

Audience: Middle School, High School Students

Description: Strives to provide the highest-quality, evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying, and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact the world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. The driving vision behind the program is to give voice and elevate the various strengths people have to offer and affect communities positively.There must be two to five adult advisors, who mentor a peer leader team. These advisors can hold a variety of roles including: teachers, counselors, spiritual leaders, community adults, etc. Advisors lead peer teams, often between 10-50 students in size. The initial peer leader training is provided by a certified Sources of Strength trainer in a three to four hour, highly interactive training process. It is mandatory that the local adult advisors participate in the peer leader training.After the initial training, the peer leaders and adult advisors begin a three to six month series of conversations with other trusted adults and their five to ten closest friends, as well as, create a wide range of Hope, Help, Strength messaging activities targeting a wider and diverse peer group. Sources of Strength provides a recommended step by step guide of peer leader activities, but teams are able to adjust based on their readiness level and perception of what will work best in their setting.Sources of Strength templates and resources assist with peers connecting with adults and their friendship groups. These templates include examples of local faces posters, local voices audio, videos, presentations, skits, text forwarding, and internet social networking message. Peer teams are encouraged and expected to share their creative efforts with other teams across the country via Sources of Strength webpages, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sources of Strength staff provides monthly teleconference support and planning materials and resources for each step of the way.

Cost: $5,000

sourcesofstrength.org

Classroom Mental Health

Audience: High School Students

Description: Classroom Mental Health provides a toolkit for teachers and other school professionals to help them improve communication, promote wellness, and reduce stigma regarding mental health. The website was developed by experts at the University of Michigan Depression Center in partnership with teachers. The goal of the website is to provide high school administrators and personnel with access to strategies which can be utilized with students to help support wellness and mental health. The website provides referral resources and classroom strategies to promote positive mental health and positive coping skills for students.

Cost: Free

Classroommentalhealth.org

QPR

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Parents

Description: An emergency mental health intervention modeled after CPR education: early recognition and early intervention yields successful outcomes. QPR seeks to educate the general public about warning signs of suicide crisis and how to respond appropriately. Lasting approximately one hour, training is conducted either in person or online and includes: techniques to help someone who is suicidal, how to help prevent suicide, common causes of suicidal behavior, warning signs, and resources to help someone in crisis. QPR is the most widespread gatekeeper training in the nation.

Child Focus—Melanie Palmer,
513-752-1555, mpalmer@child-focus.org

Companions on a Journey—Shelia Munafo-Kanoza,
513-870-9108, sheila@companionsonajourney.org

Solutions Community Counseling—Barbara Adams Marin,
513-228-7800, bmarin@solutionsccrc.org

More Than Sad

Audience: High School Student and Parents

Description: This program created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is available in three downloadable version: student, parent and teachers. It teaches how to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.

Cost: Free

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Cincinnati:
Heather Conroy, 513-582-6143, cincinnati@asfp.org
afsp.org/our-work/education/more-than-sad/

Jason Foundation

Audience: Faculty/Staff

Description: A series of online Staff Development Training Modules provide information on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. These training modules are suitable for teachers, coaches, other school personnel, youth workers, first responders, foster parents and any adult who works with or interacts with young people or wants to learn more about youth suicide. This series of programs introduces the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide, the signs of concern, risk factors, how to recognize young people who may be struggling, and how to approach the student and help an at-risk youth find resources for assistance.

Cost: Free

jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/professional-development-series/

Kognito

Audience: PK – 12 Faculty

Description: A suite of products to educate PK-12 educators about mental health and suicide prevention which supports improved student wellness and school safety. Kognito role-play simulations enable organizations to rapidly build the capacity of educators and students to lead real-life conversations that change lives.

ohio.kognito.com to access the training

For questions call 614-429-1528 or go to ohiospf.org


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