May 27, 2024

Student Wellness

Suicide Prevention & Awareness | Mental Health Resources | Trauma-Informed Schools

Mental Health Resources

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

CHADS Coalition – Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide

Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers – Kansas City’s community mental health centers

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

Safe, Supportive Learning

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Web MD

Young Adults and Mental Health: A Guide for Parents – How to talk with your kids about mental health and creating an open dialogue

Anxiety and Stress:

Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Creating Your Personal Stress Management Plan – A 10-point plan to managing stress


Cyberbullying Research Center

Missouri School Violence Hotline

MO – Anti-bullying Laws – Outlines anti-bullying laws and policies in public education in Missouri

National Crime Prevention Council


MSN-Healthy Living

Teen Mental Health

Domestic Violence:

CAP4Kids: The Children’s Advocacy Project of Kansas City – Domestic Violence Hotline: 816-HOTLINE

Hope House – Domestic Violence Hotline: 816-461-HOPE

Eating Disorders:

National Eating Disorders Association


Grief & Loss:

American Hospice Foundation – Care and support for dying and grieving people of all ages

Compassionate Friends – Supporting family after a child dies

Solace House – A center for grieving children, individuals, and families


CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Health

Gay, Straight Alliance Network

It Gets Better Project

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays

The Trevor Project


Home Front Alert: the Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families


Family Education – A variety of parenting topics presented by category (i.e., kids, teens, etc.)

Parent University – Parenting workshop provided by Lee’s Summit CARES

Your TEEN for Parents (online magazine)

Sexual Assault and Rape:

MOCSA – Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault: 24 Hour Crisis Line 816-531-0233

Substance Abuse:

Adolescent Substance Abuse – An educational website sponsored by the CRC Health Group

KC Alcoholics Anonymous – Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institutes of Health

Safe and Sober – A parent’s guide to the changing culture of underage drinking

Suicide Prevention:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Missouri Suicide Prevention Training Program

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Suicide prevention, awareness, and support

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education – The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention

Trauma-Informed Schools

Trauma-Informed Schools

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the “Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.”

For the purposes of this initiative, the following terms are defined as follows:

  1. “Trauma-informed approach” – an approach that involves understanding and responding to the symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress across the lifespan
  2. “Trauma-informed school” – a school that:
    a. realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
    b. recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers and staff
    c. responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into its policies, procedures and practices; and
    d. seeks to actively resist re-traumatization

For more information, please click here.

Introduction to Trauma – by Dr. Patsy Carter