Become an Emotional Backpack School

Become an Emotional
Backpack School




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Additional training modules, lesson plans and activities are available to schools to help infuse mental health in the campus culture. The training modules fulfill the TEA requirements for mental health and suicide prevention training.  

This train-the-trainer module includes a full day training in August and a half day training in January. Schools can send two staff members, ideally a counselor, social worker or nurse, although we can be flexible if a campus does not employ those positions. The participant will be trained in a 4 hour course that consists of 3 modules - mental health signs and symptoms, suicide prevention, and trauma. The modules are then used to train school staff and conduct parent presentations. Additionally, participants will receive an overview of available resources for parents, educators and students, and a lesson plan to launch a school-wide "I wish my teacher knew" campaign at the beginning of the school year. Participants will return in January to receive training on a student-facing training module, (differing modules for elementary and secondary), as well as a lesson plan on leading a student mental health art and writing contest on campus. Participants will receive evaluations to use for presentations, as well as continual guidance throughout the year. 

After full participation in this year-long program, participants have free ongoing access to use the training modules and lesson plans annually at their campus, providing they stay employed at the participating school. The program offers a sustainable way for schools to infuse mental health in the campus culture without having to spend money to provide training each year. The cost of the program is $500* if paid by check or $515 if paid by credit card, and covers all training, resources, a year of support from Center staff, and a select number of Center for School Behavioral Health drawstring bags to take back to campus. Schools can register online or contact Betsy Blanks at