The Emotional Backpack Project Registration


Children carry a backpack almost everywhere they go, and if you look inside it, you may find school supplies, snacks, clothing, a phone, or other items that help them to feel secure or prepared to handle situations. While those things are important to include in a child’s physical backpack, it is equally important to fill a child's Emotional Backpack with information, ideas, words, thoughts and other self-care tools that will help them to build and support a solid foundation for their emotional wellness and mental health. 

The Emotional Backpack Project is an education and awareness program that teaches youth, parents and educators about mental health and local resources so that all of our children can grow up to lead happy, healthy lives. Free resources are available through the Emotional Backpack Toolkits, and Public Service Announcements are provided to help spread awareness about mental health. 


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

This train-the-trainer module includes a full day training on August 3rd (date tentative) and a half day training in January. Ideally, schools will send a counselor, social worker or nurse, although there is room for flexibility if a campus does not employ those particular positions. The participant will be trained in a 4-hour mental health and suicide prevention module that can then be used to train school staff. Additionally, participants will receive guidance on adapting the module for parent presentations, 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 suicide prevention module, 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. 

For more information, contact Betsy Blanks by email or call (713) 523-8963 x 231.

*Please note: Credit card payments will be subject to a 3% fee, bringing the program cost to $515. Checks may be mailed to Mental Health America of Greater Houston at 2211 Norfolk Suite 810, Houston, TX 77098. 


Fri, Aug. 4, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Mental Health America of Greater Houston
2211 Norfolk, Ste. 810
Houston, TX 77098