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Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools


This toolkit is intended to help high schools, districts, and community partners create and impmlement youth suicide prevention strategies as well as foster positive behavioral health among students. The toolkit can help schools assess their ability to prevent and respond to suicide, identify prevention programs, support students who may be at risk for suicide, and more.   

Building Resilience in Young Children

Best Start

Designed for parents, this booklet discusses how to foster resilience in children from brith to six years of age. It includes tips, parents stories, and links to additional resources.  

View the booklet here

Resilience & Stress Management

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This webpage by SAMHSA provides a collection of materials that address stress management and resilience. The resources can be applied to any type of stressful situation such as natural disaster, economic hardships, or coping with the loss of a loved one.

Vist the site here

Schoolwide Methods for Fostering Resiliency

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

This document discusses how parents and school staff can build resiliency in children and youth to help them succeed in school. It describes characteristics of resiliency, characteristics that contribute to resiliency, and the role schools can play in fostering resiliency in students.  

Supporting Children/Youth During the Holidays in Times of Stress

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

For many of us, the holiday times are an exciting and joyful period. But for families and communities in stressful situations, the holidays can be particularly challenging, evoking anxiety, feelings of loss, disappointment, and grief. This brief identifies some warning signs that children are experiencing stress and tips for educators and caregivers working with children experiencing stress.

Keeping Children Safe in Sandy


After superstorm Sandy, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, Sarita Chung, M.D., FAAP, wrote this post for FEMA's Blog. The article offers advice on how to keep children safe from environmental hazards, how to address their mental health needs as well as links to many helpful resources.

The Dialogue- A Quarterly Technical Assistance Journal on Disaster Behavioral Health

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
Through the pages of The Dialogue, disaster behavioral health professionals share information and resources while examining the disaster behavioral health preparedness and response issues that are important to the field.

SAMHSA Disaster Training and Technical Assistance Supplemental Research Bulletin

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This is the first part of a bi-annual report that informs on new and salient research in the field of disaster response and its effects on behavioral health. The purpose of the Research Bulletin is to provide practitioners, planners and other responders a summary of the most recently published research and literature reviews.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Disaster Distress Helpline and Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Hurricanes, tropical storms, and the severe weather associated with both- namely floodingand tornadoes -can lead to emotional distress in those that experience them. Survivors living in the impacted areas (including children and teens), loved ones of victims, and first responders, rescue & recovery workers are all at risk.

Talking to Children about the Shooting (Aurora, Colorado)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Created in response to the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting,this document gives advice on how parents can talk to children about the event.