Healthy Kids Make Better Learners

Connecticut Association of 
School Based Health Centers
Mental Health
Mental Health and Counseling in Schools

Improving Health Through Trauma Informed Care
Presenters: Leah Harris, Trauma Informed Care Specialist and Coordinator of Consumer Affairs for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Eddy Machtinger, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Women’s HIV Program at the UCSF. and Mary Blake, CRE, ITE, Public Health Advisor at SAMHSA

Kids Mental Health Info
This website was developed to help parents and caregivers understand their child’s mental health issues. We have expanded the site to offer videos and training for early care and education providers and pediatric providers.

A number of resources to help improve and expand mental health services - whether in your school-based health center (SBHC), school, district or state!
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SBHcs are the ideal location for primary care and mental health staff to collaboratively address students' physical and mental health needs - leading to greater success in school and in life

Quality Assessment and Improvement in School Based Health
5-step guide developed by the Center for School Mental Health and School-Based Health Alliance


Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, is a disorienting condition that causes extreme shifts in mood.

Assessing body image from a parental and child's perspective

Child and Youth Emergency Mental Health Care
This report reviews current practices for children, youth and families visiting hospital emergency rooms for mental health conditions, and makes recommendations for policy actions to improve care and encourage more community-based services.

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy
Whether it is a violent crime or a natural disaster, talking with children about traumatic events can be difficult

"They Get Me": Engaging African American and Latino Adolescent Males in SBHC Mental Health Services
African-American and Latino males are half as likely to receive mental health services compared to non-Hispanic White youth, yet both groups experience emotional and behavioral problems that often result in school and social issues.

Connecticut Mental Health Barometer 2013
This is the first edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer: Connecticut, one of a series of State and national reports that provide a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States.

Learn more about the skills needed to respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

Child Trends considered the evidence for interventions, both prevention- and promotion-oriented, that can improve mental wellness at the multiple levels of individual, family, school, and community. 
Are the Children Well?
A Model and recommendations for promoting the mental wellness of the nation's young people

School Violence Solutions
Social workers focus on mental health aspect
Early Puberty Linked to Increase Risk of Depression in Teens
Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests.

NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center
For Parents, Caregivers & Youth


Tools for Life

Tools for Life® Relationship-building Solutions are fun, highly interactive resources for use in schools, child care centres, homes and community agencies with 3 – 13 year olds.


Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

A growing body of literature shows that children who have been exposed to domestic violence are more likely than their peers to experience a wide range of difficulties.

Depression Health Center

Want to learn more about exercise and depression? Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.

Primary Care Can Help Tackle Mental Health Care Disparities Among Ethnic Minorities

The special issue contains 13 articles, including a review of research on care for depressed ethnic minorities, a study of urban adults receiving mental health services after exposure to trauma and a study of depression treatment among Latino primary care patients.

State Resources


Mental and Behavioral Health Services Scan 2014
The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity's (CHE) overall mission is to eliminate health disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and linguistic ability through research, advocacy, and legislative action.

The Connecticut General Assembly Public Act 13-178 calls for the Department of Children and Families to develop a statewide behavioral health plan for children. 
This organization has done excellent work in providing the legislature with the objective analysis of the knowledge base on children's issues.
Whether you're a provider or a member of the Partnership, here you'll find the information needed to provide or access behavioral health and support services, and details on those programs.

Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Inc.

A statewide not-for-profit agency that provides direct services to adults with persistent mental illness, presents workshops about mental health, and mounts reform efforts to help shape state policies and laws.

Connecticut's Network of Care for Behavioral Health
This Web site is a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental health.  It provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

Connecticut Health Foundation
Expanding health equity

Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.
CHDI advances and informs improvements in primary and preventive pediatric health and mental health care programs, practices, and policy in Connecticut, with particular focus on disadvantaged and underserved children and their families.

TeenTalk Summit Promotes Mental Health in Schools
Kids in Crisis places counselors in Fairfield County schools

Turning Point CT
Guiding the search for mental wellness


Screening our Teens for Depression and other Disorders

What you should know about the mental health screening, referral, and education programs available to school districts and families as well as students