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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
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Lessons, activities and tools for families, educators and students PreK-12
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making
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
Minnesota Department of Health Resources for supporting children’s mental health, caregiver mental health and tools and resources for remote instruction PreK-12
  • Bedtime Routine
  • Coping Skills
  • Educational Tools
  • Mental Health Well-Being
  • Scheduling Routine
  • Stress Management
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

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…]

Additional Virtual Resources

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Table 3: Additional Virtual Resources

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image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Washington, D.C., March 17 – As the COVID-19 outbreak turns the world upside down, it is critically important that the global response to this crisis include people with disabilities. More than 9 million Americans are especially at risk from potentially life-threatening impacts of the virus. Moreover, fully 1-in-5 people have a learning, mental health, physical, sensory or other disability. People can be born with a disability or acquire one due to an accident, aging, gun violence or during military service.

People with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable to the disruptive consequences of COVID-19. Whether we are talking about issues of food insecurity, access to healthcare/testing, switching to telework, or life-or-death medical decisions, people with disabilities are deeply impacted by these events. This crisis demands leadership at every level of government, every sector of civil society and from the disability community itself.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, RespectAbility is closely monitoring developments and collecting new resources to help impacted communities. At present, there are several critical action steps that we want to see taken to address COVID-19’s impact on people with disabilities: [continue reading…]

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Moderator: Philip Kahn-Pauli, Policy Director, RespectAbility
Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP
Donna Meltzer, CEO, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
German Parodi, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Shaylin Sluzalis, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

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“Remember to look at life accurately and to utilize every moment.”

Overhead view of homes in Israel from a balconyShabbat Shalom, and a peaceful Sabbath to you all. My name is Hilla Hadas. I have been the CEO of ENOSH – the Israeli Mental Health Association – for the past 13 years. My academic background includes a Ph.D. in Life Sciences. I live in Israel and reside in the city of Modi’in, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Enosh was established 42 years ago by brave mothers who wished to support their loved ones – people with psychosocial disabilities – and their family members. Our organization has become the leading voice of people with psychosocial disabilities, fighting stigma and raising awareness.

Through the years, Enosh established a holistic approach to community mental health services and has spearheaded innovative rehabilitation services. These services are based on a personal approach and recovery model in areas of supportive housing, supportive employment, social and recreational activities, and family support.

Today, as Israel’s leading organization offering community mental health services and advocating for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities, Enosh runs more than 60 centers nationwide; employs 850 passionate and dedicated professionals; and utilizes 800 volunteers. Each day, Enosh supports 6,700 people with psychosocial disabilities, their family members, and their caregivers. Each day, I am honored to lead Enosh and to see the impact we are making in Israel and abroad.

We understand the importance of early interventions and have developed several cutting edge programs over the past few years. One program, serving youth, is called “headspace”, and is based on an Australian model. Another program is our training model for trauma-informed care, called “Seeds of Change.” It is paving the way for a best practice mental health approach with staff education and tailored services, benefiting clients, their families and caregivers, and the community at large.

The Israeli Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Law is one of the advanced laws for community based mental health services around the world and it is recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Health. Our community service abides by the Ministry’s policy and is executed accordingly.

For the first time in the history of Israel’s high-profile 71st Israeli Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem (May 2019), mental health was brought to the forefront of the stage, when I was honored to represent Enosh as I lit its torch during the ceremony entitled “The Israeli Spirit.”

This was a pivotal opportunity to share our nation’s achievements in mental health and to challenge the Israeli public to recognize the importance of mental health; to eradicate the stigma towards people with psychosocial disabilities; and to respect and appreciate them, their families, and those providing rehabilitation services.

My hope is that the stigma associated with mental health in Israel will vanish. To do so we need more  resources allocated to community based mental health services, to early intervention and prevention, and to supporting caregivers and family members.

I want to share with you my message to the audience in Israel* and to expand the message globally, in memory of my beloved husband Boaz (z”l) and daughter Adi (z”l):

“I, Hilla, daughter of Hadassah, may she rest in peace, and Yechiel, may he enjoy a long life, of the Abbo family, light this Torch. 

In honor of those who are coping with mental health issues and their families, who seek help in overcoming difficulties related to mental illness, including the social stereotypes, who strive to live meaningful lives free from blame, shame or stigma.

In honor of all the courageous mothers, the founders of ENOSH- The Israel Mental Health Association; and all active volunteers and staff in grassroots organizations, through the power of their faith, love, and support – they shape the fabric of Israeli life.

In honor of my exceptional colleagues, both women and men, who lead with their hearts in mental health treatment and rehabilitation.

In honor of my beloved Boaz and Adi, who left me to carry on the beacon of hope.

To the Glory of the State of Israel!”

Hilla Hadas smiling headshot seated in front of a treeDr. Hadas is the Executive Director of ENOSH, the leading mental health organization in Israel. She has initiated innovative collaborations and has broadened the reach of mental health services and policy in Israel. Dr. Hadas is a member of the roundtable in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Commissioner for the Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is a board member of several organizations in the Israeli civil society and academia.

In our weekly Shabbat Smiles, RespectAbility welcomes a wide spectrum of voices. The views expressed in each Shabbat Smile are those of the guest contributor.

The Shabbat Smile is curated and edited by Debbie Fink, RespectAbility’s Director of Community Outreach and Impact and Vivian Bass, RespectAbility Executive Committee Board Member. If you would like to write a Shabbat Smile, please email Debbie at

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New York, NY, May 14 – NBC’s new breakout show The Village explores relationships between family members and friends who become family in separate but interconnected stories. The ensemble drama also does not shy away from tackling important social issues, including immigration, teenage pregnancy and veterans returning from war with both physical and mental disabilities.

A major storyline focuses on Nick Porter (Warren Christie), a former 9/11 firefighter and Army veteran who returned home with PTSD and an amputated leg. One common criticism regarding the representation of veterans in television and film is the portrayal often is of broken veterans. Viewers will quickly learn that while Nick has several issues to work through, he certainly is not broken. In addition, too many characters with disabilities are portrayed through the pity framework; The Village does not fall into that trap and showcases what Nick can do. [continue reading…]

Rockville, Maryland, April 16 – The genuine care and concern in Linda Burger’s voice left the Spring 2019 RespectAbility National Leadership Fellows with a feeling of coming home after a long journey. Indeed, she personifies her objective: “I want to offer [people] a place where it’s okay” to not be okay.

The Jewish Family Services of Houston

On February 22, the Fellows had the privilege to listen to our Treasurer, Linda Burger, on stigma surrounding mental health conditions. The CEO of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Houston, Burger provided each Fellow with a folder containing extensive resources and information about the JFS Mental Health Programs. Suicide prevention and aftercare are the two main focuses of the program. Prevention services include age-specific emotional health programs, mental health first aid, individual and family counseling, meditation, and suicide prevention and protocol training. Grief and bereavement services, along with support groups and an annual memorial service, are available as aftercare for family members and friends whose loved ones have died by suicide. [continue reading…]

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