School Wellness Symposium

The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals will be hosing an event in Columbia, MO, November 17-18, entitled “School Wellness Symposium – Building Bridges Together.”  The target audience is for K-12 educators, counselors, support staff, health professionals, higher education, clergy, and community decision-makers.


  • Closing Gaps in Achievement and Opportunity: Tyrone Howard
  • Race and Culture in Schools: Tyrone Howard
  • Creating A Culture of High Expectations: Anthony Colannino
  • Making Equity Matter: Maisah Howard
  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms: Maisah Howard
  • Building Relationships: Linda Jordan
  • Anxiety and Depression: Polly Patrick
  • Cultural Competency: Erica Battle
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Denise White
  • Hope in Learning: Venola Mason
  • Self-Care: Adam Drummond
  • Chemical Dependency: Linda Jordan
  • School Safety: Missouri School Boards Association
  • Medicaid 101: Missouri School Boards Association (Kim Ratcliffe) NKC Schools (Perry Hilvitz)

Registration and hotel information can be found here.

Scholarship Opportunity: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Missouri’s top youth volunteers of the year! Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past twelve months. Winners will receive $1,000 scholarships, medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from May 2-5, 2020.  Applications are due by November 5, 2019.

·   More information and application

National School of Excellence Program – Enrollment Open Now

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 National PTA School of Excellence program year is now open at until October 1!

The National PTA School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students. By enrolling in this program, PTAs are making a yearlong commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

Visit for much more information about the program, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, informational videos, and stories about how other schools have found success with this program.

Preventing Suicide – Article from Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute

Helping children when and where they need it most

Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and we join many other groups in sharing information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. We explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 
Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

What to watch out for and how to help.
Self-Injury and Suicide

How Are Self-Injury and Suicide Related?

The intent is different, though one can lead to the other.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors

Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?

Temperament, family and community all play a role.
What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping children in distress.
Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Responding to a painful loss in the healthiest way possible.
Preparing for College

Preparing Kids for College Emotionally

Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
Facebook Live: Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Join the Child Mind Institute for a special Facebook Live this Thursday
Mood Disorders Center

Mood Disorders Center

Help for kids with depression and emotional dysregulation
Dan Reynolds #MyYoungerSelf
Dan Reynolds on Living With Depression
Recursos en Español

Recursos en Español

Read articles in Spanish
Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker

Worried about a child? Use our tool to get informed