Social Emotional Learning/Ohio Department of Education Resources and Supports
Here are some great resources created by the Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to address the mental and behavioral health of students, staff and families throughout the year.
Many of the resources below can be found on the Department of Education’s Reset and Restart Webpage.
Health and Well-being Webpage: Released at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, this page provides practical ideas and easy steps for parents and caregivers to support their child’s well-being during the pandemic, including mental and behavioral health supports.
Resource Guide for Families and Caregivers: Tips, resources and other helpful information specifically for parents and caregivers to continue the partnership with their child’s school, teachers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student and Staff Well-being Toolkit: This toolkit was designed to explore the social, emotional and behavioral considerations districts and schools may reflect upon while planning and implementing supports during the pandemic. The toolkit covers multiple topics including staff self-care, trauma-informed practices and suicide prevention and intervention.
Youth & Adults Mental Health and Wellness Outreach: This guide provides access to resources and tools needed to support an appropriate mental health awareness campaign. Each initiative has a built-in education and stigma-reduction component, aimed at changing attitudes and strengthening supports for those in need. The toolkits include downloadable educational resources, including videos, for parents and educators.
ABCs of Mental Health: A resource for educators who may be feeling the weight of new expectations along with heightened health and safety concerns. Developed by Ohio’s leading suicide prevention experts with teachers, administrators and school staff specifically in mind, the ABCs of Mental Health guides school staff in: Ask yourself how you are feeling; Be aware of signs and symptoms of mental health challenges; and Care for yourself and others.
Preventing Abuse and Neglect: This webpage contains resources to help districts adapt current processes to promote student safety within the in-person, blended or remote learning environments. It offers sample questions to ask families and students to address safety and well-being. It also provides information and resources to support educators and student personnel in following mandatory reporting requirements.
Champions for Ohio’s Children and Families: A collaboration between the Department of Education and the Department of Job and Family Services, this document offers helpful information about mandatory reporting and offers suggestions for supporting families during COVID-19.
Many of the resources below can be found on the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ website.
Suicide Prevention Videos: A four-part video series created in partnership between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Channel and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Ohio Strive for Five Challenge: The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services launched this campaign at the beginning of the pandemic to encourage Ohioans to stay connected. Having contact with others and feeling supported helps to reduce loneliness, fear, anxiety, worry, feelings of isolation and is vitally important to wellness. The goal of Strive for Five is simple: we encourage every Ohioan to reach out via text, email, video, or phone to five family members, friends, neighbors, or colleagues for 30 days.
Ohio Careline (1.800.720.9616): The Careline was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a toll-free emotional support call service. Careline staff provide 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 be referred to local providers.
Ohio Crisis Text Line (text keyword 4HOPE to 741 741): Ohioans of all ages can use this service to access free, confidential help 24/7. We’ve found this service to be particularly popular among youth and young adults.
Be Present: Peer to peer suicide prevention campaign for youth.
With You Here: Suicide prevention campaign for African American youth and young adults.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.8255)
Hope these are helpful to you or anyone you may know.
Take good care!
Social Emotional Learning Consultant
Montgomery County ESC
4801 Springfield St.
Riverside, OH 45431