ASHA Mental Health Section
Mission/Vision: The mission of the Mental Health Section is to advocate for and promote mental health services and supports in schools to improve the health and academic outcomes for youth.
Benefits of Joining the Section:
Provides opportunities for professional growth including an interdisciplinary forum for collaboration and networking with other school professionals
Opportunities for leadership, continuing education, research, and advocacy are available
Access to a variety of resources through webinars and monthly listserv announcements are provided
Mental Health Conference
18th Annual Advancing School Mental Health Conference, October 3-5, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, http://csmh.umaryland.edu
Mental Health Professionals Section Listserv:
The Mental Health Professionals Section sends out a monthly listserv announcement that provides information to Section members about various topics such as upcoming webinars or trainings, grants and research opportunities, newly released documents, and other helpful resources. Previous listserv announcements can be viewed below:
Archived Listserv Announcements
Directions to subscribe and unsubscribe to the listserv are below. Please note that The ASHA listservs are monitored and available only to ASHA members.
Resolutions are utilized by ASHA to identify the Association’s position regarding various issues related to school health, and to guide the work of the Association. The Mental Health Professionals Section has developed (or co-developed with other Sections) several resolutions related to mental health and youth. Approved resolutions can be viewed below:
Previous Meeting Minutes:
The Mental Health Professionals Section meets annually at the national ASHA Conference. Minutes from previous Section meetings can be viewed below.
ASHA Annual Conference:
87th Annual ASHA School Health Conference, October 9-12, 2013 in Myrtle Beach, SC
The Balanced Mind Foundation: http://www.thebalancedmind.org/ This organization focuses on supporting families of children with mood disorders, and also provides resources for educators, clinicians, and youth on their website.
Child Mind Institute: http://www.childmind.org/ This website provides resources on evidence-based treatment, the latest research and innovations in the mental health field, advocacy efforts, and expert blogs.
MedlinePlus is a website sponsored by the National Institute of Health that was designed for patients, their family members, and friends. Sections on Child Mental Health and School Health provide a wealth of resources on information such as the latest treatments, prescription drugs, clinical trails, and also provides health information in Spanish. This information can be found on the following website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Mental Health America: http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/youth-and-families
The main goal of Mental Health America is to help educate the public about mental health and mental illness. This website provides a wealth of information about mental health including treatments, finding support groups, and medication.
This site offers school mental health resources for clinicians, educators, administrators, families, and students. The resources on this site emphasize practical information and skills based on current research, including prominent evidence-based practices, as well as lessons learned from local, state, and national initiatives.
The Whole Child Education Website: http://www.wholechildeducation.org/ This website focuses on facilitating work among educators, policymakers, leaders, families, and communities to advocate for and implement a whole child approach to education.
Seminal Publications in Mental Health:
Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA03-3831/SMA03-3831.pdf
A Family Guide to Children’s Mental Health Services and Support: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/docs/FamilyGuideBookDCF.pdf
Healthy People is a set of goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States. Additional information about Healthy People 2020 can be found here: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/TopicsObjectives2020/pdfs/HP2020_brochure_with_LHI_508.pdf
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General states provides a comprehensive overview of the state of mental health availability, accessibility, and quality in the United States. The report can be viewed here: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/home.html
Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity: A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/cre/sma-01-3613.pdf
Public Health Action Plan to Integrate Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention with Chronic Disease Prevention, 2011–2015 http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/docs/11_220990_Sturgis_MHMIActionPlan_FINAL-Web_tag508.pdf
School-Based Mental Health: An Empirical Guide for Decision-Makers: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/rtcpubs/study04/default.cfm
Treatment of Children with Mental Illness: answers to frequently asked questions about how mental illness affects children: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/treatment-of-children-with-mental-illness-fact-sheet/nimh-treatment-children-mental-illness-faq.pdf
Recent Articles of Interest Published in the Journal of School Health
Weist, M. D., Mellin, E. A., Chambers, K. L., Lever, N. A., Haber, D. and Blaber, C. (2012), Challenges to Collaboration in School Mental Health and Strategies for Overcoming Them. Journal of School Health, 82: 97–105.
Cougar Hall, P. and West, J. H. (2012), Boundin’: Responding to Life Challenges With Resilience. Journal of School Health, 82: 196–200.
Walter, H. J., Gouze, K., Cicchetti, C., Arend, R., Mehta, T., Schmidt, J. and Skvarla, M. (2011), A Pilot Demonstration of Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Inner-City Public Schools. Journal of School Health, 81: 185–193.
Wang, J., Iannotti, R. J. and Luk, J. W. (2011), Peer Victimization and Academic Adjustment Among Early Adolescents: Moderation by Gender and Mediation by Perceived Classmate Support. Journal of School Health, 81: 386–392.
Berzin, S. C., O'Brien, K. H. M., Frey, A., Kelly, M. S., Alvarez, M. E. and Shaffer, G. L. (2011), Meeting the Social and Behavioral Health Needs of Students: Rethinking the Relationship Between Teachers and School Social Workers. Journal of School Health, 81: 493–501.
Haines, J., Ziyadeh, N. J., Franko, D. L., McDonald, J., Mond, J. M. and Austin, S. B. (2011), Screening High School Students for Eating Disorders: Validity of Brief Behavioral and Attitudinal Measures. Journal of School Health, 81: 530–535.
Karriker-Jaffe, K. J., Foshee, V. A. and Ennett, S. T. (2011), Examining How Neighborhood Disadvantage Influences Trajectories of Adolescent Violence: A Look at Social Bonding and Psychological Distress. Journal of School Health, 81: 764–773.
National Organizations: Listed below are links to several national organizations that also provide helpful information and resources related to mental health
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center for Mental Health in Schools
Center for School Mental Health (CSMH)
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC)
National Association of School Social Workers (NASSW)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SECTION OFFICERS:
Sylvia McCree-Huntley, MS, Chair
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Center for School Mental Health
737 W. Lombard Street, 4th Floor
Baltimore MD 21201
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