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Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health Education Literacy

Research has shown that the quality of the school climate may be the single most predictive factor in any school’s capacity to promote student achievement. When students are mentally healthy, they are able to learn, maintain positive relationships, and cope with challenging situations.

The New York State Education Department clarifies that a satisfactory program in health education developed in accordance with the needs of pupils in all grades must include instruction in the several dimensions of health, and must:

  • Include mental health and the relation of physical and mental health; and
  • Enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity.

Mental Health & Wellness Leadership

In this new leadership group, we will share information and discuss issues regarding mental health education and social-emotional development. The goals of this group are to develop collaboration between districts in the region to support high-quality K-12 mental health and wellness instruction and support, while also sharing important information regarding the regulations, guidelines, and initiatives from NYSED. We will have community experts assisting in the presentation of information.

  • December 17, 2019
    Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health district resources for whole school implementation, prioritizing ideas for change

  • October 8, 2019
    The importance of adult social emotional learning and creating a district plan

  • April 24, 2019
    Effective mental health education, practical strategies for classroom implementation

  • December 4, 2018
    Scientific basis for mental health and wellness, brain responses to stress and trauma

  • October 22, 2018
    Building background, developing common understandings & increasing knowledge


School Health & Wellness Kits

This CoSer provides all curriculum materials needed for K-5 classroom teachers to meet the NYS Health Education Standards, health-related mandates and functional knowledge content requirements. Training is provided and available to new and veteran teachers currently employed in districts that utilize our health kits.

Focus Group Findings

Need More Information?


Janel Payette
Consultant Support Services Coordinator



NYS Education Department:

View the Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools slideshow here

Mental Health Training Resources:






PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221
Phone: (315) 433-2600

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