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.
To help schools navigate our current crises and prepare for future crises, the Pacific Southwest MHTTC asked educators and school mental health leaders in Region 9 to share their experiences in leading school systems, communities, and sites through crisis. These leaders shared: what did they wish they knew at the time of crisis? What have they learned? What did they take with them? The “School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons” guide provides an overview of the crisis continuum; explores the intersection between school crises and school mental health leadership; and examines each component of the school crisis continuum (readiness, response, recovery and renewal) by learning from voices of experience from the field.
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This series of briefs on school mental health provides system of care communities with information on developing sustainable school mental health programs. The series focuses on strategies to consider in working with community mental health agencies, both public and private, and provides options for consideration in building school mental health programs that serve children and youth with serious mental health needs.
This issue brief focuses on school-based strategies to prevent suicide. This document is written to equip school leaders to identify opportunities for action, collaborate with communities on prevention initiatives, and empower youth and families to participate in suicide prevention programming. It identifies key research findings and offers strategies for stakeholders to recognize and refer students at risk for suicide.