The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) emphasizes the importance of mental health and well-being and reminds school communities of the availability of associated resources, especially when end-of-year activities and approaches are conducted. summers.
Gov. Tom Wolf is committed to providing Pennsylvania residents with access to quality mental health services. Last year, the administration launched Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, a multi-agency initiative aimed at ending the stigma behind mental health and expanding access to comprehensive mental health support services. the whole Commonwealth.
“Our school communities have done a remarkable job creating and maintaining safe and supportive spaces for students to learn and grow throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. Dana Milakovic, a mental health / alcohol and other drug specialist. “With the next school year and changes in daily routines starting soon, it is important to remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health. In addition, you are not alone: there are many different factors that can contribute to stressors, but there are also many different resources that will help you cope properly and support your social and emotional health. ”
PDE offers a collection of resources and supports on its website on topics that include mental health, social-emotional well-being, self-care, grief and loss, and equity and inclusion, among other topics. In addition, the PDE website provides contact information for various state and national support services that can offer help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The National Institute of Mental Health has information on its website to inform people about best mental health practices and strategies. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) offers free, confidential 24-hour care for people with disabilities, prevention and crisis resources, and good practices for professionals.
The National Helpline of the Substance Abuse Services and Mental Health Services (1-800-662-4357) also offers free, confidential, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week referral information. information for people and families with mental and / or substance use disorders.
As part of a broader roadmap for school leaders and communities, PDE developed a Staff and Student Wellness Guide that provides resources to consider when determining methods for communication with stakeholders, universal practices to address social and emotional needs and create safe, welcoming and equitable learning. environments and conditions for supervising and supporting identified staff and students who demonstrate needs related to socioemotional and psychological supports.