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As you return to school, after a year like no other, it is important to be aware that you may feel a great deal of anxiety.  You may have never felt this before and it can be difficult to know how to deal with it. Anxiety can be experienced with physical symptoms or even feelings of dread. Below are resources that can help you as you and your friends return to the classroom. Know that these feelings are being experienced by us all and you are not alone.

Mental Health

LGBTQ Resource
Returning to school can be stressful, especially after the odd school year we had where many were online all year. This may have been a relief if you face bullying during in person learning. Returning to in person can cause even more anxiety for LGBTQ students who face these issues. Knowing where to find support is very important. These resources can assist you in finding the support you may need. https://www.glsen.org/ and the Ohio Climate Survey by GLSEN

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.

Ohio Adult Allies
Youth-led programs are designed to empower young people to affect change in their communities and provide spaces for Ohio youth to develop critical learning, innovation, life, and career skills. By engaging in this process, youth contribute to building healthier, safer, and more resilient communities throughout Ohio.

Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Training
A course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

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.

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.

Hey I’m Here
We’re a youth-led community engaged in changing the conversation when it comes to our  mental wellness. We provide a safe digital space to share stories, offer encouragement, and to  help others find resources available to them in Ohio. Connect with us on social media and join  the conversation. Reach out @HeyImHereOhio
Home - Hey I'm Here (heyimhere.org)

Physical and Emotional Safety

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 mental health literacy and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide warning signs. 

This program aims to increase personal and family strengthening skills among offenders, restored citizens and affected youth to support a successful transition back to family and community.

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.

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

Trauma Informed Schools
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.

Medication safety curriculum
Medication safety curriculum.

OHYes Survey
Free, voluntary, web-based survey to collect information that schools and communities can use to access resources to reduce risk behaviors and create healthy and safe community, school and family environments.

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!” 

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

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

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
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 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.

Ways YOU can get involved and Improve Your School’s Safety

SAVE Students Act
HB 123 allows districts, community schools, and STEM schools to designate a student-led violence prevention club for schools serving grades 6-12. Encourage your school to designate a student led club for violence prevention.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

Mental Health Resource
This project increases mental and behavioral health intervention to students in Switzerland through telehealth and broadband expansion.
Telehealth in Schools Blueprint | InnovateOhio

Suicide Awareness/Prevention
ODE, in consultation with DPS and Ohio MHAS, 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/

Safer Ohio School Tip Line
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Encourage your Administrator’s to register!
Safer Ohio School Tip Line | Ohio School Safety Center

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov: Teen CERT. As a teen, there are probably a lot of things you’re told you can’t do. But there is one very important thing you can do: Learn to protect yourself, your family, and your friends in case of disaster. Through Teen CERT, you can serve your community and help take care of your school and home.