Mental Health Resources for COVID-19 (updated March 24, 2020)
With schools closed because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Broward County Public Schools acknowledges this may be a cause of stress and anxiety for you and your children. The Mental Health Leadership Team remains committed to continuing to provide services to you and your children. All services will be provided remotely. You may call your child’s school to request assistance or the BCPS Mental Health Hotline at 754-321-HELP. A mental health professional will respond to your request in a timely manner.
If you feel your child may harm themselves or others, please call:
First Call for Help: 2-1-1
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Crisis Text Line: 741741
Below is a list of resources that you might find helpful as you try to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Mental Health Services
Mental health and wellness include emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental wellness impacts students’ relationships with family, peers, and their school performance. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Mental health also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and the choices we make. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (mentalhealth.gov)
Mental and psychological wellness are integral to school success. School mental health services are essential to creating and sustaining safe schools and supporting engaged learners. There is a growing need for mental health services for children and youth, and schools are a natural place to provide services. School-employed mental health professionals are trained to provide services in educational settings.
Broward County Public Schools recognizes the importance of full collaboration between home, school, and community in caring for our students. It takes a village and we are all stakeholders in our students’ success. We welcome and utilize the community for support.
When the whole community gets involved, we move from a place of “I” as in “Illness” to one of “We” as in “Wellness!”
Broward County Public Schools Mental Health Strategic Plan Overview
Goal 1: Raise awareness of mental health issues in order to reduce stigma and promote the overall awareness of students, staff, and community.
Goal 2: Positively influence educational outcomes as they relate to mental health and social emotional learning of BCPS students and staff.
Goal 3: Narrow the gap between identified mental health needs of students and staff and service linkage by developing a comprehensive mental health delivery model.
Goal 4: Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaborations between the District and community partners.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Notice, T.A.L.K., Act (NTA)
The Broward County Public Schools' (BCPS) mental health leadership team initiated a mental health awareness campaign in May 2017. The T.A.L.K. Campaign aims to increase awareness of mental health issues and prepare all BCPS employees to respond appropriately to the needs of students and staff. Additionally, the goal is to raise awareness of mental illness and wellness in the community. A wide variety of educational resources and services available to students, staff, and the community are presented through the Mental Health & Wellness Portal. Collectively, the information offered intends to reduce stigma regarding mental health issues, remove barriers to attaining mental health and wellness, and provide better access to services and supports.
Broward County Public Schools Mental Health Portal:
MHAART: Mental Health Assistance Allocation Regional Teams
MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE ALLOCATION PLAN (SB 7026)
Senate Bill 7026 is a comprehensive legislation that focuses on public safety and school safety. It was created to provide funding to assist school districts in establishing, or expanding, school-based mental health care.
The State allocated funding supports the implementation of a comprehensive mental health plan designed to address prevention, intervention, and post-vention across the District, utilizing the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework of service delivery. The goal is:
To provide evidenced-based mental health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment and recovery services to students with mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses and students at high risk of diagnoses.
In light of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, it is not sufficient to simply react to a tragedy that seems to have roots in the compromised mental health functioning of an individual. As an educational system, emphasis must be given to prevention in order to mitigate mental health issues, knowing that early identification and intervention is the best approach to treat mental illness.
SB 7030 amended the MHAA, in part, to ensure that each Florida public school student has access to a mental health professional at school by the 2019-2020 school year by training educators and other school staff to detect and respond to mental health issues, and by connecting children, youth and families who experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services.
Broward County Public Schools has divided the county into 5 regions consisting of multi-disciplinary team members whose primary goal is to ensure that schools receive the support needed to minimize students’ mental and behavioral health issues.
CIA: Collaborative Internship for All
The Collaborative Internship for All (CIA) is a Broward County Public Schools’ initiative to help expand the pipeline of high-quality, trained providers to address the shortages of mental health service professionals in schools. This initiative was made possible through the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program, a federal program dedicated to support and establish innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health service providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies.
The CIA program collaborates with two local institutions, Barry University and Florida Atlantic University, to identify student interns who will be placed in schools under the supervision of highly qualified school-based mental health professionals. Select student interns will complete a vigorous multifaceted training through an interdisciplinary approach. Upon completion, select student interns will receive a school-based mental health certification provided by the District.
Need to Talk?
First Call for Help:
Broward County Public Schools Mental Health Hotline:
National Crisis Text Line:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: