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Book List

A list of children’s books to help youth develop important social, emotional, and mental wellness skills.

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too

Keith Negley’s charming illustrations reveal heart wrenching emotions in unexpected places in this fun book that teaches children that even tough guys like wrestlers, astronauts, and superheroes have feelings too.

Children will love to recognize the feelings in Keith Negley’s bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative.

Children’s Mental Health Emotional E-book Library

This e-book library donated, by Capstone Interactive, has excellent books for children that help build social emotional skills and initiate conversations around mental well being. These e-books have unlimited access with multiple users.
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Once I was Very Very Scared

A children’s book written to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them. The book is available in Arabic, English, Spanish and Turkish.

Stop Bullying Videos

Watch these videos to learn how KB, Josh, Milton, and their friends deal with kids who bully. After watching each video, take a quiz to see how much you know about bullying.



Critical Years – A Series from the Mental Health Channel

The Center is grateful for our partnership with the Mental Health Channel that allows us to share wonderful content. This series focuses on young adults dealing with transition and mental health challenges.

Ideas for Building a Healthy Self-Image and Improving Self-Esteem

14 steps (accompanied by memes!) for building a strong sense of self.

Mind Your Mind: Reach out, Get help, Give Help

This interactive website promotes mental wellness for youth by providing strategies to maintain positive mental health and tips for coping with life stress. It is also co-created by youth!

Misconceptions of Depression – TedX

A TedX talk by a graduating high school senior regarding depression in teenagers, talking to adults, common misconceptions, and more.

Teenagers Guide to Depression

This guide covers the signs and symptoms of teenage depression, and gives information on getting help, how to talk to parents, and more.

The Truth About Teen Depression – TedX

Through her own story, social activist Megan Shinnick points out the misconceptions and actual importance of depression, as well as the societal flaws responsible for the increase in the illness among teens.

*Materials were created or identified as resources by the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.


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