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.
NEED TO TALK?
First Call for Help: 2-1-1
National Crisis Text Line: 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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!”
Talking To Children About Terrorist Attacks And School And Community Shootings In The News
Talking to Children about Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings
This guide offers advice on how to talk to children about tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks, that they are likely to hear about at school and/or on the news.
Families and school personnel play a critical role in helping to reestablish a sense of normalcy and security for children after an act of violence occurs. Follow these key reminders and visit www.nasponline.org/children-and-violence to learn more.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Notice, T.A.L.K., Act (NTA)
The T.A.L.K. (Tell Another, Listening is Key) Campaign is a mental health awareness campaign, started by the District’s Mental Health Leadership Team in May 2017. In addition to the reduction of stigma, the campaign aims to give a voice to mental health services, information and supports available within the District and the community.
Broward County Public Schools Mental Health Portal:
MHAART: Mental Health Assistance Allocation Regional Teams
The Mental Health Assistance Allocation Regional Team (MHAART) is an innovative, multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals tasked with mitigating student, teacher and school environment barriers to academic success. Referrals to MHAART are received from school administrators and other District mental health professionals to swiftly and effectively return the high-quality instruction and safety to the classroom.
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. The CIA program collaborates with local institutions to identify student interns who will be placed in schools under the supervision of highly qualified school-based mental health professionals.
Website: Collaborative Internship for All https://www.browardschools.com/mhinternship
BCPS 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.
How We Are Meeting Our Goals
Every day, the students, staff and supporting partners of Broward County Public Schools celebrate mental health “victories” – advancements, progression, growth and successes among the multitude of programs and services put in place to serve. Learn here how our BCPS community is supporting one another, as we strive to create an environment where strong mental health is valued, recognized and fostered by everyone.
There are so many great stories to share about #bcpsmentalhealth!
BCPS Hosts Health Elevation Event to Connect Students to Healthy Eating, Meditation, Breathing Techniques and Mental Health Awareness
Broward County Public School (BCPS) STOPS Violence By Empowering Students Grant-Funded Program Expanded to 33 Schools – Building Connection, Friendships and Awareness
Broward STOPS Violence stands for Broward Schools, Teachers, Organizations, Parents, and Students against Violence.