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Mental Health Related Campaign Resources and Tool Kits

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Teen Dating Violence Month - February​

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​Teen Dating Violence Month - February
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, dedicated to raising the nation’s awareness about teen dating violence and promoting safe, healthy relationships. During this month, support in breaking the cycle of violence by providing support and services to victims, their families and their communities. 
  • Youth.Gov 
    • Youth.Gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news. Resources provided on the website include tool kits, safety planning guides, and other national campaign and support resources. 
  • Love is Respect
    • Love is Respect is the first 24-hour resource for teens experiencing dating violence and relationship abuse and one of the only teen helplines serving all of the United States and its territories. Along with national partners, Love is Respect is a national leader in preventing dating violence through advocacy and education especially during Teen Dating Violence Awareness month in February. Resources provided on website include Action Guides, hotline information and resources. 
  • Human Options 
    • Since 1981, Human Options leads the way at the center of a collective county-wide response in service of those threatened by abuse in Orange County. Resources provided on the website include presentations and presenter request opportunities, support/shelter/hotline resources, local event information. 
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau​
    • ​ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau supports the organizations and communities that work every day to reduce the risk of youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence. In observance of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), national training and technical assistance providers funded through ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau, hosted a number of public awareness and social media campaigns throughout the month of February. Resources available on the website include social media information, podcast information, tool kits, webinars, and other campaign links. ​​​

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​Random Act of Kindness Month - February
  • Orange County Department of Education - One Billion Acts of Kindness
    • The Orange County Department of Education and its partners have launched an ambitious campaign encouraging students, educators and community members to help reach the goal of registering one billion acts of kindness. Resources provided on website include media resources, professional development opportunity information, and information about other Kindness campaign initiatives 
  • Random Acts of Kindness Foundation​
    • Resources provided on website include curriculum activities by grades, materials, inspirational stories and quotes all geared for educators, parents/guardians, and students.​​​

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​Self-Harm/Injury Awareness Month - March
Observed in March, Self Harm/Injury Prevention Awareness Month aims to ​provide education, raise awareness, and break the stigma of self harm to increase help seeking behavior among youth and adults. ​​​
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Resources have collected resources to increase understanding of self harm, reasons for self harming behaviors, and ways to respond and support others. Resources provided on website include curriculum activities by grades, materials, inspirational stories and quotes all geared for educators, parents/guardians, and students. 
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Student Health and Human Services
    • LAUSD has created a guide for school staff to increase understanding of non-suicidal self injury, the signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child needs more support, and ways to support students including how to listen to, connect with, protect, model and teach students. ​​​

 

School Social Work Week - ​March
Observed nationally in March, this week honors the contributions that School Based Mental Health Providers & School Social Workers make in the field and in the lives of students, staff and families.  Cheers to your School Based Mental Health Providers & School Social Workers who come with their expertise, skill, empathy and compssion in order to provide your school community with comprehensive mental health support across all tiers.
  • ​School Social Work Association of America
    • The School Social Work Association of America is proud to promote National School SocialWork Week (SSWAA).  SSWAA collects and shares resources to help you celebrate and promote School Social Work Week. The theme for National School Social Work Week 2022 is “Time to Shine.” SSWAA believes that School Social Workers shine brightly for theirstudents, families, and school communities. Shining hope. Shining understanding. Shining respect.
      Social Media hashtags: #TimetoShine #SSWWeek2022
  • NASW Resources
    • Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. The theme for Social Work Month 2022 is The Time is Right for Social Work.  During Social Work Month take time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, and use the items in our toolkit tocelebrate all the social workers you know.

 

 

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​Child Abuse Awareness Month Campaign Resources - April

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. 
  • Children’s Bureau
    • Children’s Bureau provides at-risk children and their parents with the support, tools, and resources they need to be successful through comprehensive programs and services, helping other organizations with innovative tools and training, and developing innovative solutions that impact broader communities in sustainable ways. Resources provided on the website include social media campaign posts and information, event and local resource information. 
  • California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP)
    • The OCAP serves as a statewide source of information, developing and disseminating educational material regarding prevention/early intervention programs, activities, and research. In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, OCAP has sponsored the 2nd annual OCAP Kids Art contest to promote child abuse prevention and awareness. Resources provided include contest information, downloadable content including social media toolkit, brochure, pledge card and resources. 
  • US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway
    • The Children’s Bureau (CB) focuses on improving the lives of children and families through programs that reduce child abuse and neglect, increase the number of adoptions, and strengthen foster care. Resources provided include downloadable graphics, images, tool kits, proclamation information etc. 
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
    • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. In recognition of child abuse prevention and April as National Child Abuse prevention month, the NCTSN has compiled a list of resources for children and families, educators, advocates and policy makers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, and mental health providers

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​Mental Health Awareness Month Campaign Resources - May
The month of May has been designated and celebrated as National Mental Health Awareness month. It is a time to raise awareness and provide education about mental health and wellness, the realities of living with mental illness, and the opportunities and support for those who need it the most. Join the movement to reduce the stigma of mental health and help us in increasing wellness for all. 
    • NAMI OC is a non-profit organization is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and NAMI California whose mission is to provide emotional support, education and resources for families, and those affected by mental illness. Resources include information and social media messaging tools to promote Mental Health support. 
  • Each Mind Matters is now Take Action for Mental Health
    • Each Mind Matters is now Take Action for Mental Health and is California’s Mental Health Movement.  It builds upon established approaches and provides resources to support Californians’ mental health needs. Resources provided include digital activation kits, statewide initiative information and program resources, digital pledges, videos, stories, printable activities etc. 
  • NAMI
    • NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Resources provided include “You Are Not Alone” messages, sentimojis, graphics, and resources. 
  • Mental Health America (MHA)
    • Mental Health America (MHA) is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. In May, MHA celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month and has created “Tools 2 Thrive”, a campaign toolkit of practical resources and information that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency

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​LGBTQIA Pride Month - June
LGBTQIA Pride month is commemorated each June and is an opportunity to talk with students about LGBTQ people and their struggles to achieve equity and justice in all aspects of their lives, will support a school climate where LGBTQ students feel safer and more affirmed, and where all students will benefit from a better understanding of history and the groups within your community. 
  • ​​Youth.Gov
    • Youth.Gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news. Resources provided on the website include tool kits, safety planning guides, and other national campaign and support resources. 
  • Anti Defamation League (ADL)
    • ADL is a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 and whose ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. Resources for educators, parents and children provided on the website include anti-bias lesson plans, tools and strategies, recommendations of literature, and support resources. 
  • California Department of Education
    • Resources include instructional guidance, law, and policies for California schools and districts to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) students and provide safe learning environments that protect the health and safety of LGBTQ+ students. 
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    • Since 1990, GLSEN has been been working to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Resources provided include an educator’s guide, campaign posters, curriculum ideas, and literature recommendations.

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​Suicide Prevention Month - September
National Suicide Prevention month is commemorated in the month of September and is a call to action by national partners to provide information about the warning signs of suicide, ways to support youth and adults, and ways to promote help seeking and create a culture of support in your school community or organization.​ ​
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - National Suicide Prevention Month Resources​​
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices 
  • American Fou​ndation for Suicide Prevention Month – National Suicide Prevention Week Resources​​ 
    • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Suicide Preven​tion Awareness Month Resources ​​
    • NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. 
  • Each Mind Matters California Suicide Prev​ention Week Resources 2020 and Each Mind Matters Suicide​ Prevention Week Resource Center Materials 2020​​
    • Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement. The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and early intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by CalMHSA – and collected under the banner of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement – include Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health, all of which are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).​
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center Suicide Prevention Month Ideas 2020​​​​
    • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 
  • Change Direction
    • The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. We provide a tool, the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Wellbeing so that we all have a common language to identify when someone is suffering and how we can stay emotionally healthy. 
  • Directing Change: Program and Film Contest​
    • The Directing Change Program and Film Contest engages students and young people to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health in an innovative way: a film contest. We learn through actions and when we apply knowledge ​our minds begin to change. 
  • National Institute of Mental Health​
    • Help raise awareness by sharing resources that help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and know how to get help.​

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​School Attendance Awareness Month - September
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and is a time for all to learn about attendance issues, absenteeism and the effects attendance can have on academic performance and success. This month aims to promote the value of good attendance and decrease chronic absenteeism. 
  • ​Attendance Works
    • Attendance Works exists to advance student success and help close equity gaps by reducing chronic absence. Their objectives include: building public awareness, supporting campaigns and partnerships, and encouraging local implementation of best practices. Resources on the website include toolkits, strategies for all educational stakeholders, and other downloadable materials

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​Bullying Prevention Month - October
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 and held during the month of October. This month aims to unite communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. 
  • Youth.gov
    • Youth.Gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news. Resources provided include national student contest initiative, event and campaign support materials and ideas, articles and resources. 
  • PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
    • PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities and online. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students 
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
    • ADL is a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 and whose ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. Resources for educators, parents and children provided on the website include anti-bias lesson plans, tools and strategies, recommendations of literature, and support resources. 
  • StopBullying.gov
    • StopBullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

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For more information contact:
Orange County MHSSA Grant Program Lead
Mayu Iwatani, MSW, PPSC
Manager, Mental Health and Wellness Care Coordination
Phone: (714) 966-4468
Email: miwatani@ocde.us​

The content included here is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you or your student are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). ​