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Educators are often the first to notice changes in behaviors and able to provide support for their students as they return to school this year. Students are returning to school with even more pressure due to COVID-19. Lack of socialization, isolation, loss of instructional time and anxiety are all part of their new reality. This stress has made it even more important for educators to be aware of available resources. Here you will find resources regarding students mental health, returning to school, social emotional learning, anti-bullying/violence prevention, and suicide prevention. Resources are also available for vulnerable populations in addition to anonymous reporting and crisis support.

Student Mental Health

Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
This Surgeon General’s Advisory offers information for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. It includes essential recommendations for the institutions that surround young people and shape their day-to-day lives – including schools and community organizations. Read the full advisory.

PBIS
A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/PBIS-Resources/Trauma-Informed-Schools

LGBTQ Resource
Most climate surveys place the LGBTQ youth population into the vulnerable populations category. As such, they remain an emotional safety concern for our school personnel. These resources can assist you in finding the support they may need: https://www.glsen.org/, the Ohio Snapshot from 2019 by GLSEN , and the GLSEN Safe Space kit.

Handle With Care
Collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

Crisis Text Line.
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/get-help/get-help-now/crisis-text-line

ABC’s of Mental Health
Resource for educators who may be feeling the weight of new expectations along with heightened health and safety concerns.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/community-partners/schools/resources/abcs-of-mental-health

Violence Prevention Training
Training to public elementary, middle and high school professionals to detect student behavioral health needs. Every five years, participants must take at least four hours training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, suicide ideation, bullying, teen dating violence, human trafficking and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for this purpose, or they may develop their own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention.
Required Safety and Violence Prevention Training | Ohio School Safety Center

Identify Mental Illness Training
A course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
https://www.ohiospf.org/about/programs-trainings/

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like.
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-health-resources/articles-support/school

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov: Helping Children Cope. “Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.”
https://www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

KnowBullying App (Free)
Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their children or teens help build strong relationships, and prevent bullying. SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying app will help you boost your children’s confidence, resilience, and build effective strategies for facing bullying. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/knowbullying

Ohio CareLine
The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, 7 days/week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may be  struggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, they  will receive assistance and connection to local providers.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/get-help/get-help-now/ohio-careline

Self Care/Educator Mental Health

Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
https://mha.ohio.gov/Families-Children-and-Adults/Get-Help/Crisis-Text-Line

ABC’s of Mental Health
Resource for educators who may be feeling the weight of new expectations along with heightened health and safety concerns.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/community-partners/schools/resources/abcs-of-mental-health

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like.
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-wellness-tools-guides/teacher-support

Mandatory Reporting
Educators are mandated reporters. Below is a link to review what you should be looking for and reporting as we head back to school. 
Preventing Abuse and Neglect | Ohio Department of Education

Critical Conversations in the Classroom

Peer to Peer campaign
Peer to Peer campaign that empowers young people to take care of their mental health so they can be there for their friends and loved ones. Increase MH literacy and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide warning signs. 
https://bepresentohio.org/

SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS)
SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/161657

Suicide Prevention
ODE, in consultation with DPS and OhioMHAS, is required to maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention. At least one program must be free to schools.
Suicide Prevention | Ohio School Safety Center https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/

Suicide Prevention
Teach people how to identify individuals who are showing warning signs of suicide risk and how to help these individuals get the services they need. Identifying and assisting individuals at risk for suicide is a key component of a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide.
https://www.ohiospf.org/about/programs-trainings/

Critical Conversations
Specifically designed tips for educators sent out by email twice monthly to help get those critical conversations started in the classroom.
https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/know-teachable-moments/

Suicide Prevention
Evidence-based suicide prevention program supporting and empowering both peers and adult advisors. Curriculum teaching mental literacy.
https://www.sourcesofstrengthohio.org/

Physical & Emotional Safety

Social Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning includes competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The elements of social-emotional learning give children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Social-and-Emotional-Learning

Anti-Bullying Resource
All Ohio public schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for their students and staff. As part of these efforts, state law says districts must have policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources | Ohio Department of Education

PBIS
A framework that guides school teams in the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices using a multi-tiered system of support.
Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports | Ohio Department of Education

Suicide Prevention
School districts are required at least one hour (or one standard class period) each school year of ODE-approved instruction on the topics of: (1) suicide awareness and prevention, (2) safety training and violence prevention, and (3) social inclusion in the health curriculum for grades 6-12. Parents may opt their child out of the instruction.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov.  “Emergencies and disasters can be scary, but there are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster.”  “Be a Ready kid!” 
https://www.ready.gov/kids/be-ready-kids

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov.  “Emergencies and disasters can be scary, but there are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster.” “Everybody Has a Role – Including Teens”
https://www.ready.gov/kids/teens

Stop Asian Hate
Asian students are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of bullying, aggression and xenophobia due to the pandemic.  It is important that these students feel safe and supported in their schools.
#StopAsianHate: Resources for Teaching & Learning | Student Voice (stuvoice.org)

Suicide Prevention
Aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men.
https://www.withyouhere.org/

United Way’s 211
United Way’s 211. “Connecting you to essential community services.” Available in many Ohio communities. “Every call is completely confidential.”
https://www.211.org/

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages you to read a special blog from Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, which highlights why cyber hygiene for educational institutions is so vital.” 

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released StopRansomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. The website contains special resources for K-12 to assist institutions with their unique cybersecurity needs and has a number of resources for schools to explore and reference to learn how to stay safe online.”

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30. Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.

Addressing the Whole Child

Whole Child Framework
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, puts the whole child at the center, where each component of the plan works harmoniously to support a whole-child approach. Likewise, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework also places the whole child at the center, with district, school, family and community supporting the needs of the whole child using a comprehensive approach. A whole child approach broadens district and school focus beyond academics to include meeting students social-emotional, physical and safety needs. The Whole Child Framework provides a blueprint to meet these whole child needs, which are foundational to a child’s intellectual and social development and necessary for students to fully engage in learning and school.
Ohio's Whole Child Framework | Ohio Department of Education