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"Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life." -Albert Einstein

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24/7 Support Lines 

Suicide Hotline 

1-800-273-8255; Text 741741

Link to chat line, phone number, and multiple resources for suicide prevention, loss and disaster survivors, attempt survivors, youth, veterans, Native Americans, and LGBTQ+.

Trans Lifeline


Trans suicide prevention hotline. Peer support services, material support, advocacy, education, and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals in need.

Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888; TTY:77; Text 233733

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery in every state. Be vigilant. Be informed. Link to chat line and statistics and information regarding human trafficking in West Virginia. 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233; TTY:1-800-727-3224; Text 233733

Link to chat line, phone number, video chat, and resources and information about domestic violence, including how to recognize domestic violence.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Childhelp: Call or text 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453) for crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals.

Imalive.org: Suicide prevention and crisis support.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 24/7 hotline and cyber tipline (for reporting sexual exploitation). Call 800-THE-LOST (843-5678) if you think you have seen a missing child.

National Dating Abuse Hotline: Love is respect offers a safety net to anyone experiencing relationship abuse. Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call loveisrespect at 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453. 

National Runaway Safeline: Hotline for runaway children trying to find help or their way home. 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY). There is also a chat line, email, and forum. Download Runaway Poster. Download Home-free Poster.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE or chat live by clicking on the link. 24/7 live support for survivors of sexual assault.

Safe Horizon: Safety, connection, support, and hope for victims and survivors of sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or domestic violence. Also offers a 24/7 support and chatline. Call 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or follow link to chatline.

Teen Line: Any issues. This resource is comprised by teens supporting teens. Also a great resource for high school students needing hours in psychology.

Teen Central and TeenHelp: Hotlines by category including suicide, abuse, crisis, LGBTQ+, bullying, eating disorder, etc...

Teen Help and Support Lines for Girls: Support lines specifically for females, including safe baby resources.

The Trevor Project provides trained counselors 24/7 support for LGBTQ+ individuals via chat, text, or phone. They also have an outreach network.

Annie E. Casey and Kids Count Data

Kids Count Data Center provides regional, state, and national data on children and families. Users can select data indicators and choose their region or compare to national averages. Raw data is  available. The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) also provides a yearly downloadable Kids Count Data Book free-of-charge.

West Virginia Kids Count provides a state-specific database.



Just in time for Women's History Month! Authored by Renée Ecckles-Hardy and illustrated by Samantha Roberts, Beautiful Nappy-Headed Tar is a poetic exploration of brown skin tones from albino to tar with dips of mocha and vitiligo sprinkled in for added beauty. A confident girl with radiant dark skin and tightly coiled, daringly nappy hair is our guide to discovering the beauty of natural hair textures and a rainbow of brown skin tones. Images of positivity, appreciation and acceptance boldly defy the cultural biases that have developed regarding African-American beauty standards. Beautiful Nappy-Headed Tar is a conversation starter and smile igniter celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of hair and skin. This book is For All the Beautiful People! Click on the book title to link to  the Amazon purchasing page. Be sure to leave a review!

Previously Selected Literature

(click titles for links to resources)

Bystander Intervention - One by Kathryn Otoshi

Affirmation Journals - I am Boldly Brown and I am Beautifully brown by Renée Ecckles-Hardy

Black History Month - This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

                                          Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

Women's History Month - Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

                                           Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Arab American History Month - Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

Jewish American History Month - Across the Alley by Richard Michelson

LGBTQ+ Pride Month - I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Independence Day -  All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Hispanic Heritage Month - Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi

Adoption Awareness Month - Families Change by Julie Nelson

Social Justice Resources Organized by Category

The following are links to social justice lesson plans and curriculum that span across all categories.

Click here to check out Teaching Tolerance.
Click here to check out NEA on Social Justice.

Click here to check out NASP Social Justice resources.

Lesson plans and resources from WVDE on Bullying Prevention

If you know of a valuable resource, and don't see it listed, email: mailto:britaineyacooper@gmail.com.


Trauma, Abuse Prevention, and Resources for Foster and Adoptive Families

Local, State, and National Resources

Centers Against Violence/Women's Aid in Crisis: Serving men, women, and children who are survivors of relationship or family violence or sexual assault/abuse. Serving Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur, Braxton, and Webster Counties.

Child Care Providers: List of child care providers across the state. 

Courtswv.gov Public and Other Resources: Follow link to resources for reporting abuse, case digest regarding laws surrounding abuse, and links to foster care information.

DHHR Centralized Intake: A how-to link and contact information for reporting suspected abuse.

DHHR Family Assistance: Emergency and disaster assistance, refugee support, CPS, and APS. 

Foster Care and Adoption: Steps on how to become a foster care provider.

Foster Closets: A list of locations of "closets" offering free basic supplies and clothing for children placed in care.

Foundation for Rape and Information services: Works with all allied professionals to strengthen services and develop intervention and prevention programs to address sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence.

Healthy Grandfamilies WV: Information and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in West Virginia. 

Hope, Inc.: Private, non-profit agency offering shelter to domestic violence or sexual violence survivors. Employees go into the schools to work with staff and students are at-risk. They help families and individuals connect to necessary community resources. Currently serving Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Harrison, and Lewis.

Legal Aid of WV: Non-profit agency offering legal advice and services to relatives raising the children of other relatives, whether on a permanent or temporary basis. They offer connection to resources, legal advice, and assistance with issues such as custody and court orders. Find your region.

Mama Bear Effect: provides down-to-earth educational resources to help families all over the world raise awareness and protect children from sexual abuse. They offer free downloads, materials, coloring pages, and blog posts. Mama Bear Effect defines abuse, guides school personnel and families through the tough talks, and provides a what-to-do-if protocol. This is an excellent resource to consider when implementing Erin’s Law.

Mission WV: Non-profit agency that recruits families for foster and adoptable youth. They provide life skills education and community connections for children in foster care or the adoption process. Foster and Adoption Resources are made available through Mission WV including an information guide, resource library, family stories, scholarships, awards.

MODIFY Program: Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) provides ongoing support, including education vouchers, to youths 18-20 who are transitioning out of foster care. They also provide assistance to the DHHR, foster families, and group foster care residential facilities.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Defines child trauma, outlines best treatments and practices, and connects you to valuable nation-wide resources and training.

National Youth Advocate Program: A helpful go-to for prevention/intervention, positive youth development, out-of-home placement, and reunification/permanency resources. Associated with several evidence-based programs to help at-risk youths. 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Safe-at-Home: Printable flyer for Safe-at-Home program, which is a wrap-around support program for youths at-risk of removal from home or residential placement.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Although based in Idaho, a chapters of SHP has opened in Doddridge and Harrison Counties and is currently serving Harrison and Lewis Counties. This organization provides free beds and bedding for any child who needs a bed. Their services are not limited to any population; however, sometimes requests are filled based on circumstantial dynamics. For more information or to make a referral, or to sponsor a "Build Day" find the chapter closest to you, and reach out!

Literature and Classroom Ideas

3Rs.org Rights, Respect, Responsibility: Comprehensive curriculum for sexual health, rights, and justice 

Advocates for Youth: Civil rights resources for issues regarding sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults 

New York Public Library Book List for Child Abuse Prevention

Goodreads Memoirs of Child Abuse and Survival

Child Abuse Resources for Kids

Protect Yourself Rules - Educational Videos

Appalachia and West Virginia 

Local, State, and National Resources

WV Able: An investment account for individuals living with disabilities. Participants save and invest without losing Medicaid or SSI. Can work alongside Special Needs Trusts.

Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinator Contact List: Various regions have Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinators. They oversee cooperative efforts to communicate and coordinate regional, state-wide, and national resources across West Virginia. They do everything from staff development to direct support for school systems and communities. If you haven't met yours, reach out. They are amazing!

Community Care School-Based Health Centers: Community Care centers offer a variety of pediatric care in the school setting. Some sites are beginning to offer school-based mental health support. Currently serving Pocahontas, Lewis/Gilmer, Upshur, and WV Wesleyn. 

Family Resource Networks: West Virginia Family Resource Networks are county-wide organizations that provide access to services and programs for families in need. Some have food pantries for families who qualify. FRNs partner with public and private organizations and are hubs for community members to collaborate with and support one another. This WVFRN directory page provides contact information for individual FRNs listed by county.

Parent Training and Information Center: Free support and training for families with children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Parent trainers listed by region.

Parents as Teachers: Free and voluntary home visitation program with a mission to promote optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. See contact information by state.

Proud. Strong. Resilient.: Wearewv.org is a growing (almost) state-wide community building coalition focused on helping communities take action to foster resilience in West Virginia youth. See Coordinators by County.

ReclaimWV: Resources organized by level and type of need from the standpoint of the person seeking information (self, school, friend, etc.). Resources and Links for Educators, Students, Families, and Communities is a PDF of apps and self-help, classroom lessons and evidence-based programs, information and learning, services and resources, and West Virginia resources. 

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Ethnicity, Race, and Heritage 

Community, State and National Resources

African American Mental Health: NAMI resource highlighting disparities in mental health availability and support for African Americans.

Arab America: Information on Arab America including scholarships, news, events, and resources.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: National events, news, speakers bureau, resource packages, news, national and local partnerships, online store, and more.

Basis Medical: 18 BIPOC chiropractic and holistic wellness resources. 

Birthright Israel: Free 10-day journey to Israel for individuals 18-32.

Black History in West Virginia: Information about influential African American individuals who were born or grew up in West Virginia.

Black History Month 2020: Theme: African Americans and the vote. 

Jewish Communities in West Virginia: Events, education, grants, and contacts for Jewish culture in West Virginia.

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community: Sunshine Behavioral Health describes how racism is a public health crisis and causes mental health problems. They provide all-inclusive resources for mental health support and recovery from addiction and treatment of mental health illness.

Multicultural Affairs Committee: Promotes cultural awareness and competency within the field of school psychology.

NASP Understanding Race and Privilege: An excellent NASP resource complete with self-reflection.

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Gender and LGBTQ+ 

Local, State, and National Resources

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools Trailer: YouTube trailer about gender inclusive schools and re-defining gender roles.

Comprehensive List of Resources: No need to totally reinvent the wheel. Here is a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ support resources, literature, legal assistance, school and community resources, and Facebook groups.

Dr. Rainbow: Developed by the Covenant House in Charleston, WV, Dr. Rainbow is dedicated to connecting LGBTQ+ West Virginians with practitioners who are accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals and knowledgeable of issues specific to LGBTQ+. 

EMPOWERS: Organization that creates programs drawing k-12 girls into STEM fields in West Virginia.

Fairness West Virginia: Active local support for LGBTQ+ youth. Natasha Stone is the Transgender Visibility Organizer and is ready to lead staff development sessions in school. Contact: mailto:natasha@fairnesswv.org

A Guide for Parents and Educators: LGBTQ youth are at a higher risk of being bullied online. This article provides information and advice for parents and educators.

GenderSpectrum.Org: Resource defining terms and exploring issues unique to individuals who are gender non-binary. Also offers online support groups.

GSA Gay Straight Alliance: Originally intended to be safe spaces for students, these student-run organizations now strive to unite LGBTQ+ and allied students to strengthen community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

Movement Advancement Project: Policy, communication, and equality maps demonstrating the movement toward acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals. Lots of info-graphics and statistics!

NRS LGBTQ+ Brochure: LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to runaway from home. They are also more likely to report sexual abuse by caretakers and sexual victimization on the streets. The attached National Runaway Safeline brochure is information on how to help.

Legal Guidance on Transgender Students' Rights: Developed in response to NBI 45, passed by the 2015 National Educator Association Representative Assembly to let state affiliates and members know about rights of transgender students. Includes best practices, full explanation of legal rights, and how rights play out in particular situations.  

LGBTQ+ Center at WVU: Events, safe-zone resources, and campus/community resources.

LGBTQ+ Resource Packet: Core vocabulary, inclusive language, studies minor, national resources, WVU resources, preferred name request form.

LGBTQI2-S Committee: Resources from NASP regarding support for LGBTQI2-S students in schools as well as develop competency in the field of school psychology.

PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Fostering loving families and safe communities, West Virginia has two PFLAG Chapters. Find the chapter closest to you at PFLAG West Virginia.

State-by-State Research: State Snapshots use data from GLSEN's 2019 National School Climate Survey to examine the school experiences of LGBTQ middle and high school students, including hearing biased language, experiences of victimization, incidents of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and access to resources and supports at school.

West Virginia Girls Collaborative Project: Connections to state-wide resources encouraging girls to go into STEM fields.

West Virginia Women's Commission: Fostering the health and wellness of women and children across West Virginia. The site provides annual reports of progress.

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Local, State, and Community Resources

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health: Mental health is an undeniably important matter, yet most people don’t have access to the resources they need when they need help. Social Work License Map has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues.

61 BIPOC Addiction and Mental Helath Resources: The Summit Wellness Group breaks down the problem of substance misuse and the impact on BIPOC individuals and communities.

Crisis Response Lines24/7 services listed by agency across all of West Virginia. These resources provide immediate response for behavioral and mental health crises. United Summit Center offers a Children's Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-WV-KIDS-1 for children in Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties. 

Discovery Place - An in-depth guide on helping an alcoholic friend or family member

GRaCE Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment: Community approach to address trauma and substance use through recovery coaching. Several schools are piloting GRaCE implementation at the high school level. Participating students receive 3 hours of college credit, and all participants earn recovery coach certification.

Help and Hope WV: Prevention, programs, funding, rehabilitation, harm-reduction, and more...resources available throughout the state for those affected by substance use disorder. Focus on community restoration.

Help4WV: 24/7 resource, call, chat, and text line providing immediate help for West Virginians struggling with addiction or mental health.

Lively Healthcare Center’s Medically Assisted Treatment: This center is located in Jane Lew (Lewis County) but serves all of Central West Virginia. It is an outpatient program operating under the MonHealth System and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. Patients progress through the program based on their achievement of goals and behavioral changes. Patients will typically remain in treatment for a minimum of one year. They provide behavior therapy, support groups, family therapy, psychiatric evaluation, holistic activities, dual diagnoses, and FDA-approved Opioid Replacement Therapy. For more information, call 304-844-8941. Referrals can come from any agency or via self-referral.

Mental Health First Aid: Get trained in mental health crisis deescalation and learn to identify and respond to signs of mental health illness or substance use disorders in schools and communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Year-round mental health awareness calendar with connections to resources, information, and yes, info-graphics! Also...check out the NAMI calendar of events by month: NAMI Awareness Events

National Council: More info-graphics, social media support, and 7 Super Skills to help friends.

Ocean Hills Recovery - An excellent resource on the importance and function of interventionists

Opportunity House: Located in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Opportunity House is a non-profit organization supporting all paths to recovery.

QuietMinds: Understanding the relationship between mental health conditions and interpersonal disorders, focuses on development of social interaction skills and improved peer and family relationships.

ReclaimWV A Toolkit for Connecting Social-Emotional and Mental Health Supports to the Opioid Epidemic: a PDF list of resources and facts about opioids and the impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 

Region4Tomorrow: Suicide prevention resource serving Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur counties. 

Self-Injury Outreach and Support: Non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

Stigma Free WV: Events, support, and resources for people affected or those working with people affected by stigma, particularly mental health and substance use but also includes racism and LGBTQ+ discrimination. Connections to inspirational TED Talks, Facebook groups, and so much more. 

Stop Everyday Killers: Read stories, learn statistics, take action, get help. Provides reference sheets and other materials to take to the doctor when concerned about opioid prescriptions.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA is a national organization with links to everything and anything relating to mental health and substance misuse. They have legal information, grant funding and information about that process, evidence-based programs, etc...

The Summit Wellness Group - Written and curated by Women of Color, this guide features over 60 resources for People of Color

To Write Love on Her Arms: Non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Literature and Classroom Ideas

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