Children's Mental Health Awareness

In recognition of the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, DCHS offers helpful resources along with special events and activities.

Page updated on Aug 15, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Children's Mental Health Awareness Resources

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Resources 

Mental Health Resources for Parents
Mental Health Resources for Teens
Mental Health America – Children's Mental Health
Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive
Confidential Mental Health Screening

SAMHSA Family Educational Materials: Access fact sheets that help caregivers and young adults learn about symptoms of various mental illnesses, treatment options, and support services at www.samhsa.gov/children/family-educational-materials.

Kognito’s At-Risk for Elementary, Middle School and At-Risk for High School are research-proven training simulations designed to prepare concerned adults to:

(1) Recognize when a young person is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and;
(2) Manage a conversation with the young person with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support.

Kognito’s Step In, Speak Up! is a 30-minute online simulation for concerned adults to gain tools to support youth who may be struggling due to harassment or exclusion related to sexual identity, sexual orientation or other differences.

To complete the training(s):

  1. Go to the course information page http://kognito.com/nova 
  2. Create an account on the sign in page (Sign in to your Kognito account. If you don't have an account, you can use the homepage to create one.)
  3. Select At-Risk for High School or Middle School or Elementary Educators or Step in, Speak Up! (feel free to complete them all!) 
  4. Click "Launch"

Kognito's Friend2Friend online simulations help high school youth provide peer support.

To access this simulation:

  1. Visit kognitocampus.com/peer
  2. Log in or create a new account
  3. Use Enrollment Key: novapeer
  4. Launch Friend2Friend

DCHS offers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aid training for laypersons and paraprofessionals. MHFA is an eight-hour training and certification on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training demonstrates the initial help given to a person showing signs of mental illness or a mental health crisis. More information about the course is available. Visit the online registration for class dates. Open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. Re-certification is available online, or by taking the full course again.

With so many messages about suicide coming at us through the media and entertainment – whether it’s 13 Reasons Why, the S-Town podcast, or disturbing stories in the news – it’s important to know you can stop suicide simply by being aware and taking action. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has excellent resources including a webinar on using 13 Reasons Why to initiate a helpful conversation about suicide prevention and mental health.

A Friend Asks is a free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life.

There are excellent mental health and resilience resources for youth and families complied at the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia website.


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