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Staff Development

Mental Health training shall be provided to teachers, counselors, and other district employees who interact with students. The training shall be offered under the direction of a district counselor/psychologist and/or in cooperation with one or more community mental health agencies.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Materials for training shall include how to identify appropriate mental health services at the school site and within the community, and when and how to refer youth and their families to those services. Staff development shall include research and information related to the following topics:

1. Developing the Whole Child, including academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs.

2. The higher risk of mental health distress among certain groups, including, but not limited to, students who are bereaved by suicide; students with disabilities, mental illness, or substance use disorders; students who are experiencing homelessness or who are in out-of-home settings such as foster care; and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth.

3. Individual risk factors such as previous suicide attempt(s) or self-harm, history of depression or mental illness, family history of suicide or violence, feelings of isolation, interpersonal conflicts, a recent severe stressor or loss, family instability, impulsivity, and other factors.

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

4. Warning signs that may indicate depression, emotional distress, or suicidal intentions, such as changes in a student's personality or behavior and verbalizations of hopelessness or suicidal intent.

5. Protective factors that may help to decrease a person's suicide risk, such as resiliency, problem-solving ability, access to mental health care, and positive connections to family, peers, school, and community.

6. Instructional strategies for teaching the social-emotional curriculum and promoting positive mental and emotional health.

7. School and community resources and services, including resources and services that meet the specific needs of high-risk groups.


District procedures for intervening when a student discloses or shows signs of needing mental health support are to be shared with parents twice a year.


The district's comprehensive education program shall promote the healthy mental, emotional, and social development of students and shall be aligned with the state content standards and curriculum framework. Positive Mental Health instruction shall be incorporated into the curriculum and shall be designed to help students:

1. Identify and analyze signs of depression and self-destructive behaviors and understand that feelings of depression, loss, isolation, inadequacy, and anxiety are not unusual and can improve with intervention and time.

2. Develop coping and resiliency skills and self-esteem.

3. Learn to listen, be honest, share feelings, and get help when communicating with friends.

4. Identify trusted adults, school resources, and/or community crisis intervention resources where youth can get help and recognize that there is no stigma associated with seeking services for mental health, substance abuse, and/or suicide prevention.


approved: February 12, 2019 Burlingame, California