Peer-to-peer helping is based on the premise that when young people have problems, they often turn to friends for help. This model is effective at improving school climate, linking students to formal and informal supports, and reducing youth violence, including bullying and suicide. The session outlines the essential elements of a successful program, and includes a grantee-led overview of the Natural Helpers program in Fairbanks Native Association, a Healthy Transitions grantee.
Violence impacts our youth at home, in the community, and on campus. This Issue Brief homes in on the evidence-based practices, programs, and policies that ensure students are safe at school. It explores both interpersonal violence and structural violence, and describes the ecological systems framework to address them.
This webinar explores civil commitment law through the lens of civil liberties for young adults of transition age. We consider the ethical tensions between a provider or family member’s desire to help a young person experiencing serious mental illness and the young person’s autonomy. Presenters will discuss the importance of shared decision making and will provide strategies for improving the process of civil commitments for youth and their families.
Creating compassionate policies is a cornerstone strategy of educational leadership. This guide provides a deep dive into developing, implementing, and evaluating trauma-informed and compassionate school policies. It highlights four “choice points” for education and mental health leadership: Names & Definitions, Platforms & Levers, Approach, and Match Process to Product. This guide is designed to be hands-on! Each choice point comes with examples, guiding questions for leadership, and practice suggestions to help policy come alive.
This brief guide provides an overview of child welfare, describes how behavioral and mental health professionals and child welfare workers can support each other, and offers additional information resources. Working together, behavioral and mental health practitioners and child welfare workers can make sure that children, youth, and families receive appropriate services that promote healthy functioning and well-being.