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Mental health: Back to school resources

Posted on Sep 5, 2023, by

Do you know how our youth are doing, as far as mental health and wellness? How can we in the Fox Valley help our teens, and prevent the things that can lead to anxiety or even a crisis? The answers are complex, and challenging.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has published a helpful website, Building Student Resilience Through Shared Resources:

“As we gear up for the new school year, we understand the importance of mental health for students, parents and educators. That’s why we are adding to our comprehensive youth mental health resource library this back-to-school season. Navigating the challenges of academics, social dynamics and personal growth can be overwhelming but, together, we can build a resilient and thriving community. Our resources aim to support educators, guide parents and empower students on their mental health journey during the school year and beyond.”

For parents, the web page contains useful insights and resources to foster your child’s mental health throughout the school year, including downloadable information in English and Spanish on Bullying Warning Signs, Suicide Warning Signs, and Crisis & Relapse Plan.

For young children, the numerous resources include a “Meet Little Monster” Coloring & Activity Book to help foster dialogue between children and the safe adults in their lives. The tool can help children express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way.

For middle school and high school students, there are live chat options for learning about the warning signs and symptoms of mental health conditions. Resources for teens are designed to support and alleviate stress, manage their time, set boundaries and give guidance about when and how to seek help from a health care provider.
For college students, a Mental Health College Guide, designed by — and for — students —was created to help students navigate some of the life changes that come with heading off to college.
For educators, NAMI is providing access to several vital tools to help identify signs of distress and cultivate a compassionate learning environment. Empower your students emotionally with useful knowledge and skills.
Visit NAMI’s site here, and be sure to check out our two-part series on Mental Health Resources:

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More Links

One-Stop Website of Mental Health Resources in the Fox Valley:

Fox Cities residents in need of mental health and substance abuse services for themselves or a loved one now have a path to many resources just a mouse click away.

The coalition Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection has brought together providers from Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties to offer information on available services at A website user can do everything from researching a mental health topic to taking an anonymous mental health screening to locating a therapist.

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