Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Things to consider
Consider partnering with your school counselors, principals, teachers, parents if concerns arise regarding a student’s mental health/safety.
Some districts may have a Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) program that provides further therapy/counseling for qualifying students.
Teen Mental Health has numerous assessment tools covering a variety of mental health that are easy and quick to use.
Teen Mental Health: Clinical Tools
Phone numbers: 1-800-SUICIDE, text “MT” to 741 741
In April 2015, the governor of Montana signed House Bill 374, which requires the Office of Public Instruction to provide guidance, technical assistance, and training materials to schools on youth suicide awareness and prevention. It also encourages school district employees and Office of Public Instruction staff who work directly with students to complete at least two hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention every five years.
Substance Abuse/Self Harm Treatment in Montana
Self-Harming Treatment Centers in Montana
The Eating Disorder Center of Montana is an outpatient treatment program providing treatment for individuals suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
Montana School Guidelines for the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect 2019-2020