child mental health awareness day

Celebrating National Children's Mental Health Day: May 10th, 2018

 Join the FOTA leadership and membership in acknowledging National Children's Mental Health Day, May 10th, 2018. In service of our FOTA vision to be the respected authority on occupational therapy’s contribution to health and well-being in Florida, we have assembled a humble offering of clinician's resources and supportive information for OTs from across the state to use in service to children's mental health. Our Ad Hoc Committee on School Mental Health is developing further programming to offer to our members in the future, and we are developing policy statements to share with our advocacy team and our Florida legislators. 

FOTA believes in the potential for OT practitioners to impact child well being and provide new and innovative programs to meet the needs of our students in schools across Florida. We believe in the preventative model, nurturing social and emotional learning, and skills for emotional regulation, social skills, and collaborative learning -- all through occupation-based activities. Please take time today, and everyday to nurture the wellness of children in your life and in your practice. See our resources below --an assemblage that is still a work in development.  Take Care!

Brent Cheyne, OTD, OTR/L, FOTA President.


School Mental Health Project: A Resource for Florida OTs


Resource Websites

AOTA School Mental Health Tool Kit

Every Moment Counts OT

Mental Health First Aid

Florida Department of Education - Office of Safe Schools

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Kids Count Florida

Kids Count Child Wellbeing Index

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Child Mind Institute

Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

 Edutopia: SEL

School Violence Prevention

Child Mental Health (APA)

Social Thinking

Mindful Schools

Character Education




Edutopia: SEL - Activities and Resource Videos





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