Resources for Students

As you work through the lessons in this social emotional learning curriculum, it is your teacher or school counselor’s role to stay present with you and your classmates as you express your emotions and share your thoughts and creative work. If you find, however, that you would like to seek additional support, you can make an appointment with your school counselor to have a one on one conversation. In addition, here is a list of links below that can be helpful in terms of online resources and online support. You will find directories for therapy, reliable resources that help guide you to support your own well-being, and if you are experiencing a crisis and need to take quick action, this section also includes free crisis helplines.

When You Need to Reach Out for Additional Support:

As you have gone through the activities and discussions in this curriculum, hopefully you now have an increased awareness that “everyone is going through something.” The experience of being human encompasses all of the emotions including moments of sadness, anxiety and anger. Sometimes, all we need is the chance to talk about these feelings with a parent, teacher, school counselor or trusted adult (or even a trusted classmate or friend), but sometimes we need additional support from a mental health professional who is trained to help us navigate difficult situations. Some of us were taught that asking for help is a sign of weakness or a lack of independence, but the opposite is true.  Knowing when to ask for help – and being able to reach out for it – shows not only strength and courage, but an emotional intelligence that we are able to take care of ourselves. 

So, how do you know if you need this extra support? Here are just a few examples of signs that it’s time to reach out to a therapist or mental health professional: 

  • You aren’t enjoying the things you used to enjoy.
  • Your appetite has changed in a significant way.
  • You are having a hard time sleeping or you’re sleeping a lot more than you used to.
  • You are relying on a substance or addiction to manage life.
  • You’re isolating yourself from friends and family.
  • You’ve been feeling hopeless or having more negative thoughts lately.
  • You find yourself worrying more than usual, about all sorts of things.
  • Something else has changed from what’s usual for you. 

There are many other signs that might mean it’s time to reach out for help. Take an MHA quiz to assess if you need additional support. The link to an MHA quiz is available here. 

It is also important to note that you don’t need to be in a place of crisis or difficulty in order to reach out to a mental health professional. Working with a counselor or therapist is a powerful tool and valuable resource for many different circumstances. You might consider seeing a counselor to help with many aspects of your life including relationships, decision-making, and planning for the future after high school.  We are becoming a culture that includes mental health professionals as part of the team that keeps us healthy. We see doctors to stay healthy physically, and we are learning that seeing mental health professionals makes a huge difference in being healthy emotionally.

What To Do If You Are In Crisis:

If you are struggling, you are not alone. And if you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, then you need to reach out for help right now. This may feel like the hardest part, but it is so important to take this first step. 

  1. Crisis Text Line : Text HOME to 741741 
  2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  3. The Trevor Project – LGBTQ Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386, Text START to 678678

Helplines:

  1. National Eating Disorder Association National Helpline
    1-800-931-2237
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Helpline
    1-800-662-4357
  3. National Alliance on Mental Illness Cutting/Self-Harm Helpline
    Text NAMI to 741741
  4. National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) 

Resources:

1. Screening Tools

Mental Health America (MHA): This is a screening tool that gives you a quick snapshot of your mental health.

ULifeline: An online resource specific to college mental health, containing information about mental health disorders and a self-evaluator tool.

2. Mental Health and Well-Being Education

Mental Health America (MHA): This site shares signs and symptoms, facts, statistics, and the latest news on mental health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): This page covers mental health basics and helps you know what to look for.

Stand for All: An online program offering remote coaching support designed to teach skills and strategies to address common issues like low mood, worry, poor sleep, panic and discomfort around others. Courses are self-paced and can be taken anonymously.

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: An article offering information on stress relief for caregivers and students during Covid 19.

Mental Health is Health: An online resource providing information and tips relating to processing emotions.
www.nami.org: NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

3. Wellness & Meditation

Headspace: An app that provides instructional videos and guided meditations to support emotional well-being. This app is free for teens.

InsightTimer: A free meditation app with a diverse array of meditation styles.

Liberate: A safe space for the Black community to develop a daily meditation habit.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: An app that offers you guidance and practice in mindfulness meditation.

4. Self-Guided Tools

Berkeley Greater Good: Science-backed exercises to improve wellbeing and happiness, as well as a suite of resources such as podcasts, videos, and quizzes.

Self-Compassion.org: This website curates Dr. Kristin Neff’s ground-breaking work on self-compassion and includes research, recommended practices, and other resources.

Pinterest Well-Being: A collection of short (<5 minutes) evidence-based exercises to help you with stress – developed with the Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation.

Stand for All: An online program offering remote coaching support designed to teach skills and strategies to address common issues like low mood, worry, poor sleep, panic and discomfort around others. Courses are self-paced and can be taken anonymously.

I am – Positive Affirmations: An app that will send individuals tailored daily affirmation reminders as often or as little as they desire.

MindDoc: An app that will support individuals in reflecting and monitoring their thoughts and moods.

5. Clinical Services: Online Therapy

Thriveworks: This website features an extensive directory of therapists who specialize in working with children and adolescents. It has both in-person and online counseling options while maintaining the services at an affordable price.

Inclusive Therapists: This website features a directory of mental health professionals with diverse backgrounds who strive to provide safe and equitable therapeutic services.

Therapy for Black Girls: Online space to promote mental wellness in Black women and girls, providing therapy resources and educational materials.

Talkspace: This organization offers a wide range of mental health service options (text, live video, and phone) provided by professional counselors. The organization has specific support available for teenagers.