The University of Michigan Depression Center is working with school districts in Wyoming, Michigan, and New York to launch this innovative website to help support depression awareness and suicide prevention efforts in schools. The teachers, students and families who utilize the site will benefit from access to interdisciplinary experts of all types. The following is a partial list of agencies and non-profit organizations with different strengths and priorities. The University of Michigan Depression Center is proud to have collaborative relationships with many of these organizations and includes this list to aid those who are seeking additional information.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Founded in 1987, this non-profit organization funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss. They host programs and events nationwide.
- Eliminating Barriers for Learning Administrator’s Guide
An introductory pamphlet from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services about ‘Eliminating Barriers for Learning,’ which is a continuing education program for secondary school teachers and staff that focuses on mental health issues in the classroom.
- Erika’s Lighthouse
A website for teachers, parents, and students designed to educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.
- Resources for Educators
This page is part of the SchoolMentalHealth.org website. This website is designed for use by anyone interested in learning more about how to enhance school mental health, and is funded through the support of The Baltimore City Health Department and is administered by The University of Maryland's Center for School Mental Health.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Teachers
SPRC was created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. The focus of this web page is providing online and printable information (available as a PDF) about the role of teachers in preventing suicide, such as recognizing and responding to warning signs. This site also includes individual state suicide prevention pages, news and events, an online library, training, and links to other websites.
- Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
This web page is provided by HelpGuide.org, established in 1999. It is a good basic guide that offers help on understanding teen depression, recognizing signs and symptoms, dealing with the effects of teen depression, how to aid a depressed teenager, and how to support a teen through treatment.. A list of useful references and resources follows at the bottom of the page.
- The National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is the world's largest scientific organization dedicated to research on understanding, treating, and preventing mental disorders, and promoting mental health. One helpful link is "Mental Health Topics" listed under "Health & Outreach" on NIMH's home page.
- What Helps and What Hurts
A one-page guideline created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) on positive ways to address a person suffering from depression or bipolar disorder.
- When Teachers Should Refer Students to a Mental Health Professional
This document was developed by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), which is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The document answers questions such as, "How can you tell if a student needs a referral to a mental health professional?" and "How should the referral be made?" It addresses the needs of both elementary and secondary students.
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