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High quality afterschool and summer learning programs are an ideal opportunity to foster positive behavioral health, which increases a child’s sense of well-being, supports healthy relationships, and enables children to achieve their full academic potential. These programs promote positive behavioral factors like positive decision-making skills, self-control, and self-awareness, provide supportive environments, reduce children’s chances of developing substance use disorders, and have been linked to improved work habits and classroom behavior, gains in reading and math, and increased school attendance and graduation rates.

Behavioral Health Needs in Afterschool & Summer Programming Report Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Stress Factsheet Voices for Georgia’s Children 

Afterschool and Summer Learning Supporting Behavioral Health Factsheet Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

21st CCLC and Georgia APEX Collaboration Factsheet Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

SEL + OST= Perfect Together Report The Wallace Foundation 

The Role of Afterschool in Social and Emotional Learning Issue Brief Afterschool Alliance 

Behavioral Health Access Map Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities & Georgia Health Policy Center

Behavioral Health Glossary Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Social Emotional Learning Activities Centervention

SEL Toolkit Act for Youth 

Linking Schools and Afterschool Through Social and Emotional Learning American Institutes for Research 

The In-School and Afterschool Social and Emotional Learning Connection American Institutes for Research 

Planning tool for OST staff and school leaders to complete collaboratively with the aim of addressing the SEL needs of young people

Healthy Resilient Communities Resources Page Resilient Georgia 

Georgia Behavioral Health Resource Pocket Guide for Assisting Children and Youth National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia 

Community Resources National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia 

Coping With Stress US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health – Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 National Child Traumatic Stress Network

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching through Coronavirus Teaching Tolerance

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19 Mental Health First Aid USA

Mental Health and COVID-19 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

COVID-19 Resource Page Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

COVID-19 Resources Mental Health America of Georgia

Crisis lines, webinars, and related information for coping during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Mayo Clinic

Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Suicide Prevention Resource Center

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub PsychHub

Free resource hub of the nation’s most credible mental health organizations to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic


Finding Help: Georgia Resources Mental Health America of Georgia

To find help including support services, peer support centers, treatment facilities, and advocacy and support organizations.

How Do I Find DBHDD Services? Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

United Way 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 to speak with a live highly trained professional in your area or click here to find local services.

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL)

For immediate access to routine or crisis services, please call GCAL at 1-800-715-4225. GCAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis. Georgia’s youth can access GCAL’s services via text and chat through an app called My GCAL.


Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Training GUIDE, Inc.

Mental Health Training Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

CFGA is offering a series of virtual trainings in partnership with nonprofits that have mental health and wellness expertise.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Trainings Mental Health America of Georgia

Online trainings and common resources that will help you understand mental health and mental illness for Adults, Youth, Caregivers, Families, and many more.

Mental Health Academy Mental Health America of Georgia

The Mental Health Academy is a training program to educate non-mental health professionals to better understand mental illness/addictions and provide effective response options for de-escalation.

The 4 Stages of Becoming Trauma Informed Trainings Resilient Georgia

Youth In Crisis Training Program National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia

Child Welfare Training Collaborative Georgia State University School of Social Work

By request trainings designed to be offered in your community, school or online to build collaborative skills and relationships with professionals in your area around issues of child welfare