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Kids and teens today are dealing with some heavy stuff -- cyber-bullying, body shaming, community violence, abuse, neglect, unstable home lives, drug exposure, sexual orientation, immigration issues and more. Some young people may not have the tools that they need to effectively handle emotions like fear, sadness, and anger, which are often at the root of misbehavior. All too often youth who misbehave aren’t given a great deal of attention until they get into trouble at school. Getting in trouble at school usually means adults implement disciplinary measures like time-out, detention, suspension, expulsion, or even arrest. Oftentimes, those who are disciplined are almost always left feeling that they are labeled as a “bad kid” and end up being excluded from their peers in the process.
Yet, before behavior problems surface, there are emotions that young people are unable to deal with. These emotions come about from the environment and situations that kids and teens are exposed to.
While we can’t completely shield young people from all the stressful or traumatic situations they may be facing, we can help them learn to manage their emotions and reactions in ways that cultivate resilience. Equipping young people with appropriate coping skills for when they are struggling with emotions leads to better mental and physical health in adulthood.
MHA’s 2017 Back to School Toolkit aims to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation through materials for parents, school personnel, and young people.
By using the toolkit materials, you will help members of your community:
- Be aware of the relationship between emotions and behavior problems in youth;
- Learn strategies for addressing bothersome emotions in healthy ways;
- Increase understanding of how disciplinary procedures centered around exclusion and isolation are more harmful than helpful; and
- Access resources for finding treatment and help in times of crisis.
This year's toolkit includes:
- Key Messages
- Drop-In Article for Parents
- Drop-In Article for Students
Social Media and Web Components
- Sample Facebook and Twitter Posts
- Facebook and Twitter Cover Images
- Additional Images for Sharing
- Youth Screening and #CopeLikeABoss Call to Action Images
- Horizontal Banner Image
- Vertical Banner Image
- Tips for Teachers: Ways to Help Kids and Teens Who Struggle with Emotions or Behavior
- Helping at Home: Tips for Parents
- Helpful vs Harmful: Ways to Manage Emotions
- Youth Mental Health: Emotions Matter (Printable Infographic)
- Poster: The PATH to Calm
- Lessons on Buiding Emotional Intelligence (Including Worksheets!)
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to address mental health issues Before Stage 4.
Complete the form and when you hit "submit," you'll be taken to the page where you can download materials. Please bookmark the download page so that you can return as much as you'd like without having to re-submit the form.
Youth Mental Health: Emotions Matter (Infographic)
Materials from previous Back To School Toolkits can still be accessed through our website.
2016 Back To School Materials
Download the full Toolkit here.
- Things Adults Say That Hurt Instead of Help
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Youth
- Self-Injury and Youth
- Eating Disorders and Youth: Tips for Parents, Relatives, and School Personnel
- Websites and Apps to Be Aware Of: A Cheat Sheet for Parents
- Ideas for Building a Healthy Self-Image and Improving Self-Esteem
- Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
- Excoriation (Skin Picking)
- 8 Things You May Not Know About Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
- 6 Things to Know About Self-Injury
- 8 Things You Should Know About Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- 7 Important Facts About Eating Disorders
2015 Back To School Materials
- Youth Mental Health 101 Infographic
- Time to Talk: Talking to Adolescents and Teens
- Talking to Adolescents and Teens: Starting the Conversation
- Talking To Adolescents and Teens: What To Do and Where To Go
- From our partners at The Mighty: 9 Ways Parents Knew It Was Time to Get Their Child Mental Health Help.
- Youth Mental Health 101 Infographic
- Time to Talk: Uncomfortable, but Important!
- Time to Talk: Tips for Talking About Your Mental Health
- Time to Talk: Talking to Your Parents
2014 Back To School Materials
The 2017 Back to School Toolkit has been supported by donations from individuals like you, and with contributions from: