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Download the Youth Behavioral Health Resource Guide to find local free and low-cost services for your students.


Bullying Prevention Flyer 

This Resource Flyer was created by Mental Health America of Greater Houston as a listing of local and web-based resources to prevent and treat bullying for all ages. 

Talking about Mental Illness:
Teacher’s Resource Guide

This Teacher's Resource Guide contains all the information, support and tools teachers will need to implement Talking about Mental Illness in their classroom -- an awareness program that has been proven to bring about positive change in students' knowledge and attitudes about mental illness.

This website provides science-based information about youth mental health in a variety of digital formats including ebooks, mobile apps, and animations. Online teacher-training provides an overview of mental illnesses and disorders at no cost. 

Resources for SB 460* Compliance  

Center for School Behavioral Health Mental Health Trainings


This is a listing of all available trainings that the Center for School Behavioral Health offers.

Helping students in distress (online simulation training) 


Kognito offers research-proven training simulations designed to prepare educators, staff, students, physicians, and caregivers to: (1) recognize when someone is exhibiting signs of psychological distress or underlying trauma and (2) manage a conversation with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support.



Activities for Children’s Mental Health Week

“Children’s Mental Health Week” is across the world and is a pertinent time to raise awareness at your school about mental health. Through various activities, individual classes and the whole school can help to bring this issue out of the shadows.


Mental Health and Stress Reduction

This lesson helps students learn about healthy self-esteem, the importance of a positive outlook on life, and strategies for healthy decision making and coping with stress.


Walk in Our Shoes

After completing this lesson, students will be able to define stigma and understand key elements of mental illness. 


Can We Talk?

Can We Talk? contains three lesson plans for junior and senior high school.  Topics include stigma and tracking emotions and stress.  Activities and evaluations are included.

What is Depression?

For grades 9-12. In this lesson, students examine teenage depression: what it's all about, how it feels, and ways to deal with it. This is accomplished by small group discussions, recalling life events that trigger depressive episodes, self-reflection and topic research. Upon completion, students have a better understanding of depression and how it relates to their own lives.


Book List

A list of children's books to help youth develop important social, emotional, and mental wellness skills.

Children's Books for Talking About Trauma

The National Traumatic Stress Network provides many free resources for parents, including a library of books that parents can use to talk to their children about trauma. 

Children's Mental Health Emotional E-book Library

This e-book library, donated by Capstone Interactive, has excellent books that spark conversations around mental wellbeing and the development of social emotional skills. E-books have unlimited access to multiple users.  Site username: mhahouston
Site password: houston

Once I was Very Very Scared

A children's book written to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them. The book is available in Arabic, English, Spanish and Turkish.

Social and Emotional Learning through Literature

This list of books is focused on teasing and bullying for those nine years and older. 

Additional Resources

Collective Impact Model


An article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review about the Collective Impact Model and its success in school systems.

Risk and Protective Factors for Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Across the Life Cycle


A brochure on the risk and protective factors for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders throughout the life span, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services.'s mental health overview


The Mental Health webpage for is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.


* Senate Bill (SB) 460, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013, requires school districts to provide teachers, administrators and staff with training in mental health intervention and suicide prevention to help them identify red flags in a child behavior and respond effectivelyHouse Bill (HB) 2186, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, requires suicide prevention training for all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and for existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) by rule.

 *Materials were created or identified as resources by the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.