Mental health resources

A mental health disorder is an illness the affects thway people think, feel, behave or interact with others. There are many different mental health disorders, and they have different symptoms that affect a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. 

One in five students in the U.S. come to school showing signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder.  In a classroom of 25, that means five of the students could be suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and self-harming behaviors. Alarmingly,  nearly 80% of these students will not receive appropriate mental health support or services. Students with mental health needs that are not met can face major problems at school, including chronic absences, low achievement, disruptive behavior and dropping out.   

Many believe schools can play an intricate role is identifying and supporting students with mental health challenges. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources and proper training, many educators are at a loss as to how to best support all of their students.  The resources below are available to help you begin conversations on how to help students in your district.


Articles, brochures and reports



  • Mental Health Support for Students: The Legal Framework – Available for purchase from the National School Boards Association, speakers will explain and explore the current legal framework for identifying, evaluating and supporting students in need of mental health services, in and outside of the special education context.
  • Trauma-Informed Schools are Safe Schools – (June 2019) Presented by the NSBA Center for Safe Schools, this free webinar explores the differences between safe schools and trauma-informed schools. Learn where they intersect and diverge and the qualities and characteristics of being safe and trauma-informed. This webinar is hosted by Dr. Melissa Sadin, director of Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools, Attachment and Trauma Network, author and educational consultant who also is a school board member in New Jersey.