Mental Health America Back to School Toolkit

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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“The 2015 Back to School Toolkit is designed for MHA Affiliates, advocates, and organizations of all types to use with parents, youth and school personnel to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health. 

By using the toolkit materials, you will help members of your community:

  • Be aware of the risk factors and early warning signs for mental health disorders in youth;
  • Access tools to assess the mental health of young people through use of MHA’s scientifically proven, free, anonymous, and confidential screening tools for youth and parents;
  • Learn strategies for starting conversations about mental health concerns; and
  • Increase understanding of next steps and treatment options available to help young people address their mental health.”

This year’s toolkit includes:

Media Materials

  • Key Messages
  • Drop-In Article for Parents
  • Drop-In Article for Students
  • Radio PSA Scripts
  • Morning Announcement Scripts

Social Media and Web Components

  • Sample Facebook and Twitter Posts
  • Facebook Cover and Profile Images
  • Twitter Header and Profile Images
  • Youth Mental Health 101 Infographic

Items for Advocates

  • Sample Letter to School Administrators
  • Sample Letter to Policymakers

Fact Sheets and Handouts

  • Time to Talk: Uncomfortable, but Important!  A Guide for Adolescents and Teens
  • Time to Talk: Uncomfortable, but Important!  A Guide for Parents and Other Adults
  • “Fortune Cookie” Mental Health Quiz Activity

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