Positive school climates, along with expanded models of integrated health and mental health services, will ensure our students have an equal chance to succeed in school. Research is fast accumulating on the urgency of removing barriers to learning and on strategies that bring families, schools and mental health professionals together to improve behavioral and academic outcomes for children and youth.
The mission of The Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (OMHNSS), is to help schools, community-based agencies and families work together to achieve improved educational and developmental outcomes for all children—especially those at emotional or behavioral risk and those with mental health problems.
In existence since 2001, the OMHNSS consists of action networks spearheaded by contracted affiliate organizations with university partners in six regions of the state. Central coordination and technical assistance is provided by the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University. The OMHNSS is supported through funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Ohio has been recognized nationally as a leader in building and expanding collaboration across education, mental health and family-serving organizations. The OMHNSS is one of the best practice initiatives promoted by the Ohio Department of Mental Health through its state-affiliated Coordinating Centers of Excellence (CCOEs) and Networks. More about Coordinating Centers of Excellence…
Mental Health & School Success: What We Are Learning (2003)
Mental Health & School Success: Hearing Summary & Resource Guide (2001)
Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success
Miami University Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs
Red Flags - Depression Screening
TeenScreen® - Suicide Prevention Screening
Devereux Early Childhood Assessment
The Incredible Years
If you’re a young person who’s been bullied or harassed by your peers, or you’re a parent or teacher who knows a young person being bullied or harassed, here are a few resources that can help you:
BullyingInfo.org is a project of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) focused on providing tools and resources for youth, parents, teachers and mental health providers to prevent and address bullying.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LBGTQ youth by providing resources and a nationwide, 24 hour hotline. If you are considering suicide or need help, call: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
It Gets Better Project
President Obama’s video is just one of thousands of videos submitted by people across the country to inspire and encourage LGBT youth who are struggling.