One of the resources I started using a few years ago is the SAMHSA website. The website not only offers information on mental health but will mail you free resources. The information is available to anyone. This website can help those involved in the education system, faith-based organizations, as well as individuals who are seeking knowledge on mental health. The resources provided can help educate the average individual on what mental health looks like and even provide ideas on how to deal with situations as they arise.

Here are some titles I ordered recently:

  • TIP 25: Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence
  • Take Action Against Bullying
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Suicide Prevention: Learn the Warning Signs
  • Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, Evaluation Findings
  • Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum Guide
  • SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative: Three Ways to Promote Wellness
  • Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
  • SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative: Eight Dimensions of Wellness
  • In the Wake of Trauma: Tips for College Students
  • Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress
  • SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative: Information For Consumers
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
  • Mental Health Consumers and Members of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Dialogue
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT
  • Managing Your Stress

The SAMHSA website could be used in educating the PTA Council Parent Resource Committee. Another idea is to have the material available through the committee members at their schools. Being able to seek information on mental health resources may mean that parents/caregivers who are seeking mental health resources feel more comfortable in seeking out resources.

Improved access to resources and diligent follow-up I think is the key to helping families in the district. Children who are in healthy home environments transfer that to their school life. That in turn impacts the lives of the other students in the classroom and in the school. Therefore, we all benefit from helping families in need to achieve the highest level of health, whether physical or mental health. That is the primary goal of the Parent Resource Committee.