Training Companion

Reflection and Discussion Questions:

1. How does your/adult mental wellness impact student success? 

2.   What are your biggest social, emotional, mental health fears heading back to school in 2020?

3.   What school mental health celebrations does your school/district have?  These are critical and worthy of celebration.

4.      What is your school/district already doing that is building strength and capacity for sustainable school mental health systems? 

5.      What do you see as some of the biggest areas of concern for school mental health in your district?

6.      What evidence is your district using to evaluate school mental health needs of students, staff & families? What pieces of data would be helpful?

7.      When your district is evaluating data, how are demographic pieces of data (gender, race, SES, etc) being used to drive culturally responsive decision-making (discipline, academic, attendance)?

8.      Discipline issues can often times be dismissed as just “bad behavior” when in reality it can be an indicator of other issues based in trauma responses and mental illness. When evaluating your disciplinary protocols are they reflective of the evidence-based best practices such as restorative practices?  How often is disciplinary data being evaluated especially using demographic data to be able to identify overrepresentation and address?

9.      How can disciplinary practices impact the mental wellness of students, especially students of color?

10.   How does your district address adult and student self-care and wellness?

11.  What is your district’s suicide prevention and postvention plan?

12.  What are the biggest needs for your district that would help improve and build school mental health capacity? 

13. What are the barriers to getting those needs met?

14. How can you have the social, emotional, and mental health pulse of each student? (Think smarter not harder)


1. I know someone that has struggled with mental health.

2. I have struggled with mental health.

3. Stress, Anxiety, Depression Test

4. Breakout #1 

  • How do you see mental health impacting the DMACC educational community (students and staff?)

  • How do you see DMACC impacting the mental health of students and staff?

5. Breakout #2 You Be the Judge… What’s an appropriate response & outcome? 

  • 47 year old cardiac arrest while driving kills pedestrian

  • 12 year old with ADHD & sensory processing disorder becomes overstimulated and wanders classroom making loud noises disrupting entire class

  • 28 year old with bipolar becomes manic and sends 150 texts to colleague in an hour

  • 35 year old with depression chronic attendance and tardiness issue at work

  • 22 year old with schizophrenia stabs teacher because auditory hallucinations say teacher will kill all students

  • 54 year old with anxiety pulled over in Iowa with marijuana

6. Breakout #3 Suicide plan

  • All employees regardless of role have a role in the suicide prevention plan. 

  • If you encounter or work with a student or staff having suicidal thoughts, what is the plan?

  • How/what is in place in classes, across the university to identify students or staff that may be at risk or need help?

7. Breakout #4 ReMoved

  • What was your general reaction to the video?

  • How does trauma impact functioning?

  • What ultimately helped the girl in the video? What do people that have experienced need to find some healing?

8. What is your emotional intelligence?

9. Mental health curriculum 

10. Ruler- Yale 

11. Online SMH Academy (Self-care for the Educator, Basic SMH Literacy, Racial & Cultural Trauma, or Building Relationships with Students)

12. Starting a Stomp Out Stigma School Mental Health Club

Self-Care for Educators
Day at the Hill