School Interventions to Prevent and Respond to Adolescent Affect and Mood Problems

Periodically, windows of opportunities arise for providing inservice at schools about mental health and psychosocial concerns. When such opportunities appear, it may be helpful to access one or more of our Center's Quick Training Aids.

Each of these offers a brief set of resources to guide those providing an inservice session. (They also are a form of quick self-tutorial.)    

Most encompass    
  • key talking points for a short training session
  • a brief overview of the topic
  • facts sheets
  • tools
  • a sampling of other related information and resources

In compiling resource material, the Center tries to identify those that represent "best practice" standards. If you know of better material, please let us know so that we can make improvements.

Guide for Suggested Talking Points

  1. Brief Overview
    1. Present main points from:
      Keeping Affect and Mood Problems in a Broad Perspective (printer-friendly format) Excerpted from an Introductory Packet entitled: Affect and Mood Problems Related to School Aged Youth, Center for Mental Health in Schools(1999).
    2. How School Environments Could Support Mental Health and Reduce Problems (printer-friendly format) Excerpted from "Practices and Conditions that Lead to a Sense of Community in Middle Schools" by S. Belenardo (2001). In: Bulletin of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Vol. 85, No. 627.
    3. Identifying Problems and Responding Appropriately - Adapted from "Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents" by A. Brown(1996). In: Narsad Research Newsletter, Winter.
    4. Why This Problem is Important to Schools - Excerpted from "Consequences and Correlates of Adolescent Depression" by S. Glied & D. Pine(2002). In: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 156(10): 1009-1014.

  2. Fact Sheets and Practice Notes
    1. Children's Mental Health: What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health (printer-friendly format) Excerpted from a brochure by the same name from the National Mental Health Association. Available online:
    2. General Guidelines for Prevention
    3. The Depressed Child (printer-friendly format) Adapted from a brochure from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry(1992). Available online:

    4. Adolescent Depression: Helping Depressed Teens (printer-friendly format) Adapted from a brochure from the National Mental Health Association. Available online:

    5. Classification Concerns about Children and Adolescents
      Excerpted from: The Classification of Child and Adolescent Mental Diagnosis in Primary Care. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
      1. Developmental Variations: Behaviors within the Range of Expected Behaviors for that Age Group.

      2. Problems- Behaviors Serious Enough to Disrupt Functioning with Peers, at School, at Home, but Not Severe Enough to Meet Criteria of a Mental Disorder.

      3. Disorders that Meet the Criteria of a Mental Disorder as Defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

  3. Tools/Handouts
    1. Two Guides on Environmental Stressors and Common Responses

      1. Environmental Situations and Potentially Stressful Events (printer-friendly format)
      2. Common Behavioral Responses (printer-friendly format)

    2. Enhancing Coping and Building Resilience

      1. Enhancing Resilience and Protective Factors
      2. Embracing Resilience in an At-Risk World Discussion Guide

  4. Intervention Strategies / Model Programs
    1. The Prevention of Depression (printer-friendly format)

    2. Do Kids Need Friends? (printer-friendly format)

    3. Programs to Combat Bullying (printer-friendly format)

    4. What to do When a Friend is Depressed (printer-friendly format)

  5. Additional Resources
    1. Annotated "Lists" of Empirically Supported Interventions

    2. QuickFind Contents:
      1. Environment that Supports Learning For a printer-friendly version, click here
      2. Peer Relationships For a printer-friendly version, click here
      3. Resiliency For a printer-friendly version, click here
      4. Child and Adolescent Depression For a printer-friendly version, click here

  6. Originals for Overheads
  7. The following can be copied to overhead transparencies to assist in presenting this material.
    1. Continuum of Causes
    2. General Guidelines for Prevention
    3. Preventing Problems by Strengthening Supportive Environment
    4. What To Do
    5. Embracing Resilience

This material provided by: UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools/Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
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