Educator Newsletter


Teaching Resilient Students and Raising Healthy Teens: Mental health, substance use and suicide prevention resources for educators and parents


This monthly newsletter provides a list of curated resources and activities to support social emotional development, healthy coping as well as crisis support for educators, students and parents.

Edition 21, February 2023

This edition includes information about the annual contest, the monthly Hope & Justice prompt, and mindfulness exercises for educators.

Edition 20, January 2023

This edition shares a holiday message as well as our Mental Health Thrival Kit request form and January’s Hope & Justice prompt.

Edition 19, December 2022

This edition shares resources for educators to support youth mental health, our mental health journal, and the current Hope & Justice contest.

Edition 18, November 2022

This edition shares the monthly Hope & Justice prompt and mental health videos for educators to share with students.

Edition 17, October 2022

This edition provides free mental health resources for schools, information about the annual film contest, and a stress relief guide.

Edition 16, September 2022

This edition shares October’s Hope & Justice Prompt, the mini lesson plan of the month, and back to school resources.

Edition 15, August 2022

This edition shares Directing Change films and handouts for back-to-school:

Edition 14, May 2022

This edition provides a variety of crisis resources to help youth cope with traumatic events:

Edition 13, April 2022

This edition shares the May Hope & Justice prompt, a wellness guide for educators, and a crisis resource for teens.

Edition 12, March 2022

This edition shares the April Hope & Justice prompt and lesson plan, the Suicide Prevention 101 Webinar, and the Suicide Prevention brochure in English and Spanish.

Edition 11, February 2022

This edition shares the March Hope & Justice prompt, mental health resources for students, and upcoming webinars for parents and educators.

Edition 10, January 2022

This edition shares the annual contest as well as self-care resources for school staff and students.

Edition 9, December 2021

This edition shares December and January’s Hope & Justice contest as well as a film about how to address and manage trauma in the classroom.

This edition provides classroom management tips and a wellness webinar for educators, a mental health program for schools, and an application to be a judge for Directing Change art and films.

This edition shares opportunities to get involved with Directing Change for students and schools, an upcoming parent webinar to manage children’s anxiety, and suicide prevention resources for parents.

This edition announces the launch of the 2022 Directing Change Contest and October’s Hope & Justice prompt. The newsletter also shares the California Department of Education Webinar Series: Building A Network of Safety for School Communities and other resources.

This edition announces September’s Hope & Justice prompt, our Art for Change event, upcoming Suicide Prevention 101 webinars, and resources for preparing for back to school.

This edition announces a mental health kit for students and features a resource for LGBTQ+ youth, a stress-reduction breathing technique, and the brochure “Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents” in Spanish.

This edition includes a suicide prevention training for educators, a webinar for schools, and a resource for families with tips to connect more with their kids.

This edition features a fact sheet to help staff, students, and families through prolonged stress as well as activities and virtual events for youth and educators.

This edition features a variety of resources including the brochure ‚ÄúSuicide Prevention 101 for Parents” and several webinars offered for parents and educators in partnership with the California Department of Education.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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