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With many of our PD opportunities focusing on mental health issues, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of resources for your reference. Feel free to use them to gather information to help understand/deal with students, to pass them along to students for project research, or to refer parents to them if you are ever asked for resources. Most came from the Mental Health First Aid training resources. The same information is also on the Parent section of the Student Success page.


Hotlines/Helplines/Resources by Phone:

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center--has live operators who can refer you to local certified psychiatrists--1-888-35-PSYCH (77924)


Crisis Text Line--free, available 24/7, text with a trained crisis counselor--Text 741741 in the U.S.


Iowa Department of Human Services--1-800-972-2017


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline--toll free, available 24/7, for anyone feeling hopeless or suicidal, for concerned family or friends--1-800-273-TALK (8255)


National Youth Crisis Hotline--toll free; provides referrals to counseling services; helps youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and abuse--1-800-442-HOPE (4673)


Your Life Iowa--Support for substance abuse/addiction and suicide prevention--Call 855-581-8111;              Text 855-895-8398


General Mental Health Online Resources:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Resource Centers--consumer-friendly facts, definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources for


American Psychiatric Association--information about warning signs, treatment options, and preventive measures for common mental health


Iowa Department of Human Services--links to a list of mental health service providers and community mental health centers in Iowa--


Mental Health America--information on mental health and getting


National Alliance on Mental Illness--an organization to improve the lives of both individuals and families affected by mental


National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare--use the “Find a Provider” feature to locate mental health and addictions facilities near

National Institute of Mental Health--a government site with lots of current information and research about mental health challenges, including booklets, brochures, and fact sheets you can


Your Life Iowa--Support for substance abuse and addiction, suicide prevention resources--


Online Resources for Specific Topics:


American Academy of Pediatrics--ADHD resource web page--

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--ADHD resource web page--


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)--website for a national organization that provides education, advocacy, and support for people with



Anxiety Disorders Association of America--includes an anxiety self-test for


National Institute of Mental Health--specific information and research about anxiety disorders--


Depression/Bipolar Disorder:

Bp Magazine/BpHope Kids--an online community for kids and families dealing with bipolar disorder--


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance--a national organization that promotes understanding of and provides information about the most common mental


Depression Screening--sponsored by Mental Health America, this website offers a confidential way to screen for depression symptoms and to assist in finding professional help if needed--


Families for Depression Awareness--provides resources, profiles of families, a newsletter, and other tools to help inform and support family members of people with depressive


Substance Use Disorders:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)--links to information for parents, teens, teachers,


NIDA for Teens--a website designed to educate adolescents between 11 and 15 about the science behind drug abuse--

SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness--information for the public about substance use disorders and a treatment finder to locate treatment providers near you--

Classroom Transition Ideas

Looking for some new ideas for transitions between steps and activities? Here are some of the great transitions I saw during my classroom visits at the beginning of last school year! Thank your spectacular co-workers!!! Resources

If you aren't familiar with, it is a great website for finding out more about learning and attention issues. It has good information, links, resources for strategies and support, and personal stories.


One piece of the website is "Through Your Child's Eyes." As a parent or a teacher, you can try out the simulations that are done through games that help show for a couple of minutes what it can be like to have reading, writing, attention, math, or organization issues. You can also watch videos of kids of various ages talking about how it feels to struggle with these issues.

Resources for Dealing with Problem Behaviors

The TACSEI website includes tools, videos, and web resources for dealing with challenging behaviors that can be used by parents AND teachers/school workers. If you scroll down to the "Backpack Connection Series," there are a bunch of great 1-page pdf files for specific behaviors.


Intervention Central is a great place to get ideas for strategies to use with kids struggling with a huge variety of academic and behavioral issues. On the home page, look to the right side and find "Featured Tools". Try the "Academic Intervention Planner" or "Behavior Intervention Planner" to help you create a plan (which you can print, along with research citations for where it came from) for a GEI or just for informal ways to help kids in your class.


PBIS World is another easy to use website to help you generate ideas for dealing with difficult behaviors. The home page lets you start with the behavior, read descriptions to see if it fits what you are seeing in the classroom, and then offers a range of strategies and suggestions for handling those issues. This would be a great place to start for GEI planning or less formal interventions in your classroom!

Resources for Working with ELL Students