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Table 4: Social-Emotional/Mental Health Resources

Organization Description Grade Skills Addressed Cost
Centervention Games and activities available online and for download addressing social skills and emotion regulation K-6
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Emotion Regulation -Empathy
  • Impulse Control
  • Social Initiation
Free/additional resources for purchase $10 per program for a year
Child Mind Institute Resources for parents in supporting student mental health, behavior management, and social-emotional skills PreK-12
  • Support for students with specific disorders
  • Support for managing behaviors
  • Support for responding to trauma
Cincinnati Children’s


Resources include coping with stress and anxiety, changing thought patterns, relaxation tools, physical symptoms, behavior management, internet safety, grief tools and general mental health; includes links to daily live virtual events PreK-12
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Management
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools
  • Coping Skills
  • Grief
  • Internet Safety
  • Pain Management
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Relaxation
CloseGap Resources in guiding students, families and educators in emotion regulation with a daily emotion tracking tool PreK-12
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Self-Awareness
Connecticut Children’s


Contents include how to talk to children about COVID-19, how to address parent/caregiver needs, building resilience in children and Appendix A for parent/caregivers of children with special needs and Appendix B containing educational resources PreK-12
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Resilience
  • Self-Care
  • Sleep
  • Stress Management
Crisis Text Line Support via text messaging for individuals in crisis

Text HOME to 741741

All Ages
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Coronavirus Support
  • Crisis Support
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal Ideation
GritX Virtual interactive tools for emotion regulation and self-care, recommended literature for further learning PreK-12
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Meditation
  • Self-Reflection
  • Self-Care
National Association of School Psychologists Resources to support schools and educators, families and caregivers and addressing social-emotional skills at home PreK-12
  • Anxiety
  • Care for Caregivers
  • Coping Skills
  • Crisis
  • Depression
  • Engagement
  • Grief
  • Motivation
  • Sleep
  • Stigma and Racism
  • Suicidal thinking
National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH) The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations. Resources include videos, toolkits, activities to use at home and more to support parents and caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. K-12
  • Self-Care and Coping with Stress/Anxiety
  • Communications
  • Coping
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7, free and confidential support for individuals in distress


(800) 273-8255


(888) 628-9454


(800) 799-4889

All Ages
  • Crisis Management
  • Self-Care
  • Trauma Support
San Diego County Behavioral Health Services Family-friendly resources to address impacts of COVID-19, including a comic book explaining the Coronavirus, educational resources, videos, mindfulness meditation and yoga; Available in Arabic, Creole, Farsi, Karen, Pashto, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese PreK-12
  • Coping skills
  • Crisis Support
  • Educational Supports
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience
  • Stress Relief
  • Trauma
  • Yoga
Second Step Family-friendly activities that address social-emotional learning K-6
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Identifying Emotions
  • Perspective Taking
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Regulation
Social Thinking Social emotional support strategies presented in read aloud books and thinksheets, video lessons, webinars and articles PreK-6
  • Behavior Support
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Listening
  • Social Awareness
  • Social-Emotional Development
Transforming Education Variety of toolkits and resources to support student social-emotional development and mental health PreK-12
  • Growth Mindset
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Trauma-Informed Learning
Trauma Response And Crisis Care (TRACC) Interactive webinars and resources to support individuals experiencing trauma All Ages
  • Anger
  • Crisis Support
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Trauma
Free/Additional on demand 4-week course for $49

New Interfaith Resources

New Resources from AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Interest NetworkInterfaith conversations and programs are a staple of the Religion and Spirituality Network of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Every year, the Network produces a webinar series on timely and important concerns with an interfaith approach.

The Network’s 2022 webinar series, “When Hospitality & Belonging Become Hard: Faith Community Strategies for Responding to Adults with Varying Needs,” is now available. Facilitated by the Rev. Bill Gaventa, an esteemed leader in faith inclusion, religious leaders engaged in conversation to share experiences, wisdom, and practical advice from their respective faith traditions. [continue reading…]

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Illustration of a person eating something out of a bowl while seated looking at a laptop on a table. Logos for Women in Film and RespectAbility. Text: “Speaker Series May 19 1 pm PT. Authentically representing Mental Health on-screen and prioritizing it off-screen”RespectAbility was thrilled to present this conversation in partnership with Women In Film to celebrate the second annual Mental Health Action Day. As the global conversation around mental health continues, finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day was created with an open-source model that has effectively united and galvanized brands, organizational leaders, and cultural leaders to seamlessly integrate the message and spirit into their existing branding and voice. In this panel conversation, we spoke with a variety of Film & TV professionals to discuss ways to accurately and authentically represent mental health on-screen, while also prioritizing your own mental health in an industry that hasn’t traditionally given folks the space to do so. [continue reading…]

Los Angeles, CA, April 7 – “Being Michelle” is a powerful and emotional documentary film that follows the life of a Deaf woman with autism who has survived numerous instances of abuse and injustice at the hands of the U.S. incarceration system. The film had its world premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival this week, and will soon screen at the Florida Film Festival as well. At its core, “Being Michelle” is a story about hope and resilience in the face of adversity due to one’s family upbringings, circumstances, and the ableist injustices of the U.S. incarceration system. No matter what you are going through, you are not alone, and this documentary is a reminder of that through the story of Michelle’s journey as she continues to be that ray of sunshine for others despite what she has gone through. Her story matters and is an example for others to be able to learn and take up space.

Throughout the film, audiences learn that Michelle experienced an abusive family dynamic growing up; a pattern and experience that unfortunately followed her into the incarceration system, where police officers were quick to condemn her due to a lack of understanding of her disabilities, and without really trying to understand her or why she was acting or behaving a certain way. The documentary really brings to light how society is quick to judge and make assumptions about someone without getting to know them, as in the case of Michelle, who was misunderstood and could not articulate what she wanted to say and express her emotions due to a lack of means to communication between the Hearing officers and prison employees and herself as a Deaf woman. [continue reading…]

Setting the theme of ‘Connection,’ RespectAbility and more than 1400 companies and organizations will drive calls to action to address the surge of loneliness and isolation felt by millions as a result of the pandemic

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Mental Health Action Day logo. Text: Get ready for Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 19Los Angeles, April 1 – RespectAbility announces today its participation in the second-annual Mental Health Action Day held on Thursday, May 19 with more than 1,400 other leading companies, brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders globally.

As the global conversation around mental health continues – including the White House’s new unity agenda strategy to address mental health in the United States – finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day was created with an open-source model that has effectively united and galvanized brands, organizational leaders, and cultural leaders to seamlessly integrate the message and spirit into their existing branding and voice. [continue reading…]

Each and Every day poster with photos of the teens featured in the documentary.Los Angeles, CA, May 27 – Depression is a silent epidemic in America: according to the community-based nonprofit, Mental Health America, 13% of youth battle depressive episodes. MTV’s new investigative documentary on mental illness, Each and Every Day, offers powerful visibility to the survivors behind these statistics. Though nonvisible disabilities often can be overlooked in media, MTV is using their production platform to authentically shed light on the many ways depression affects the youth of America across every demographic. Each and Every Day is a must-watch to have a better understanding of the disparities that exist when people attempt to get help in managing their mental health conditions.

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RespectAbility was proud to be a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20, spearheaded by MTV Entertainment Group alongside nearly 200 additional brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders. Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, suicide rates over the last two decades have still risen, particularly among young adults, and finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. We discussed the importance of portraying mental health accurately and authentically in TV, film, and other forms of media, especially as a means to create awareness and serve as a first step to systemic change. Panelists included Nikki Bailey (comedian, actress, author, and producer), Ali MacLean (playwright and TV writer), Diego Kusnir (writer and psychologist) and Amanda Burdine (screenwriter). [continue reading…]

Largest cross-sector effort to shift from mental health awareness to mental health action organized in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing trauma of systemic racism

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Mental Health Action Day logoLos Angeles, May 20 – Today the disability advancement nonprofit RespectAbility and more than 1,300 organizations, brands, government agencies and cultural leaders will participate in the inaugural Mental Health Action Day to drive the conversation from mental health awareness to mental health action. Convened by MTV Entertainment Group, Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement, aimed at motivating people to take action to get mental health support — whether for themselves, their loved ones or for everyone by advocating for systemic changes for mental health access and equity. [continue reading…]

One year into COVID-19 and amidst a most dire mental health crisis, RespectAbility and nearly 200 organizations team up to plan inaugural ‘Mental Health Action Day’ on May 20

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5.20 Mental Health Action Day Founding partner. MentalHealthActionDay.orgWashington, D.C., April 13 – RespectAbility, in partnership with 193 leading brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders including MTV Entertainment Group, today announced the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on Thursday, May 20 during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Over the past two decades, suicide rates have risen, particularly among young adults. And the COVID pandemic has accelerated the already dire crisis, giving way to what many mental health professionals have called the “second pandemic.” [continue reading…]

Election Day came, Election Day went. Each American experienced the ensuing, nail-biting days differently. We are delighted that several disability allies – from both parties – won their races. We look forward to partnering with them and others in the future.

Disability or no disability, the voting process during a pandemic was a feat. This feat was followed by the stress and/or anxiety of The Count, regardless of the candidate we supported. With the hyper-focus of the election now behind us, we are still left with this deadly pandemic and the health and employment challenges that come with it. [continue reading…]

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