Mental Health & Mental Illness

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) - Founded in 1979, the ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. ADAA is a leader in education, training, and research.
  • Florida Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) - Florida AWARE defines complete mental health as the presence of social, behavioral, and emotional well-being and resilience factors, as well as minimal social, behavioral, and emotional problems, and the reduction of risk factors. Florida AWARE Flyer PDF, Florida AWARE Flyer and Florida AWARE Guidance PDF, Florida AWARE Guidance
  • Hope for Healing Florida - Established by Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis, this multi-agency mental health and substance abuse campaign has been created to help good people in crisis by leveraging the resources of Florida state agencies, private partners, and the governor’s administration.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - The network's mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Grief, Loss, & Bereavement

Recovering from Trauma

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Initiative provides guidelines on promoting adjustment and helping children cope.
  • The Coalition to Support Grieving Students has video and downloadable grief-support modules for school professionals on conversation and support, developmental and cultural considerations, practical considerations, reactions and triggers, professional preparation and self-care, and crisis and special circumstances.
  • Eluna is a resource center with information about bereavement centers, camps and programs, and related resources.
  • National Center on Safe Supportive Environments is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools. The Center offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning. We believe that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can collaborate to sustain safe, engaging and healthy school environments that support student academic success.
  • Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) - TLPI’s mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma sensitive environments; research and report writing; legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations and policies that support schools to develop trauma-sensitive environments; coalition building; outreach and education; and limited individual case representation in special education where a child’s traumatic experiences are interfacing with his or her disabilities.

Multilingual Resources

General Resources
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) en Español, Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades tiene recursos sobre la salud mental en español.
  • CDC Language Assistance Services - On this page you can access CDC assistance services in multiple languages.
  • Child Mind Institute, Recursos en español - Los recursos que encontrará aquí abarcan los problemas más comunes que escuchamos de los padres con hijos que enfrentan problemas con la salud mental o retos en el aprendizaje. Ofrecemos la información más reciente sobre la opinión de los expertos y los aprendizajes adquiridos por otras familias para ayudarle a tomar decisiones informadas para su hijo.
  • Florida Immigration Coalition is a statewide alliance of more than 62 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants.
  • Haitian Mental Health Network is a Boston-based organization comprised of a group of mental health providers, including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses, and pastoral counselors. Members of the HMH Network work collaboratively with community-based agencies as well as local, national and international institutions to improve access for Haitians to mental health services that are comprehensive, integrated, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate.
  • Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF) - Founded in 1982 as a haven for immigrants and refugees, HUF has grown to serve diverse and multi-cultural working families from the United States as well as more than 25 other countries. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help more than 18,000 clients of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, successfully transition to a productive new life.
  • Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. With the support of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), they offer tools and materials, learning opportunities, research, and technical assistance on resettlement-related topics. From employment, education, and health, to monitoring and evaluation, Switchboard’s focus areas reflect real-world needs.
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Best Practices - Behavioral Health Equity

  • Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) - CHHRE at Florida Atlantic University presents cutting-edge training and resources to teachers involved in Holocaust and genocide education. The Center offers workshops, advanced seminars, and summer institutes for K-12 teachers working in the fields of history, arts, languages, religion, science, technology, politics, and social studies. Request a Holocaust Survivors Speaker from the Speakers’ Bureau.
  • Florida Department of Education's ESOL E-Learning - SALA Online Learning Series is a new professional development program that provides just-in-time training and support to teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) when implementing evidence based academic programs to assist ELL academic achievement and English language acquisition.
  • Inclusive Schools Network offers a forum for educators, students, family, and community members to share experiences and ideas with each other. It is important for the Inclusive Schools Network to model an inclusive approach in welcoming and valuing all perspectives and opinions regarding the practice of inclusive education.
  • Mental Health Colorado's School Mental Health Toolkit - This toolkit will show you how to promote school-based mental health and wellness programs that work. It contains resources and steps you can use to make schools the best they can be and ensure every child has a path to success.
  • Teaching Tolerance offers a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools. Also make sure to view its Responding to Hate at School Guide.

Parent Resources