Emotional Backpack School
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The Emotional Backpack Project is an education and awareness program led by the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston that teaches youth, parents and educators about mental health and local resources so that all children can grow up to lead happy, healthy lives. Free resources are available on the MHA website, and Public Service Announcements are provided to help spread awareness about mental health.
Training modules, lesson plans and activities are available to schools to help infuse mental health in the campus culture. The training modules fulfill the TEA requirements for mental health and suicide prevention training are based on SAMHSA Nationally Recognized Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Schools select one or two Emotional Backpack Leaders to participate in a train-the-trainer program for a full year. After the successful completion of the program, Emotional Backpack Leaders continue to use the training modules at the school campus in future years.
School orientation (2 hours) includes:
Summer training (8 hours) includes:
Winter training (4 hours) includes:
Emotional Backpack Leaders will also receive support and coaching from an MHA Liaison throughout the year. Additionally, all evaluation materials will be provided for use before and after trainings. Please see the Agreement Form for more information on the roles and responsibilities of both Emotional Backpack Leaders and MHA.
After full participation in this year-long program, participants have free ongoing access to use the training modules and lesson plans annually at their campus, providing they stay employed at the participating school. The program offers a sustainable way for schools to infuse mental health in the campus culture without having to spend money to provide training each year. The cost of the program is $500* if paid by check or $515 if paid by credit card, and covers all training, resources, a year of support from Center staff, and a select number of Center for School Behavioral Health drawstring bags to take back to campus. Schools can contact Betsy Blanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.