Resources to support student well-being

As students continue to grapple with their mental health in the aftermath of pandemic disruptions, the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) Sept. 13 webinar, “Be Well: Centering Mental Health in Schools,” offered a variety of resources available to school leaders to support their communities.

Research has proven that feeling mentally and emotionally safe on-campus plays a significant role in a young person’s ability to thrive academically. Lindsay Burton of the Department of Homeland Security said that schools are critical partners in supporting youth mental health, and ensuring staff acquires mental health literacy is key.

At the federal level, Burton said resources like can provide information and recommendations on safety topics including bullying and cyberbullying, mental health, school climate, child exploitation and more. More specific resources are available under the main topic. For example, under the umbrella of mental health are resources on school-based mental health services, substance use, suicide management, conduct issues, at-risk children and related training materials.

The site also includes a grants finder tool to aid local educational agencies in finding applicable funding opportunities.

Other federal resources discussed include the following reports and toolkits:

Additionally, nonprofits including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and Digital4Good shared free offerings.