School violence prevention grant, mental health resources available


The 2020 Bureau of Justice Assistance Preventing School Violence grant is open until June 9. Click here to access grant information.

Eligible applicants may apply under one or more of the following areas:

  1. Train school personnel and educate students on preventing student violence against others and themselves to include anti-bullying training. This can also include specialized training for school officials to respond to mental health crises.
  2. Develop and implement threat assessment and/or intervention teams and/or operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites. Threat assessment and/or intervention teams must coordinate with law enforcement agencies and school personnel.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has numerous resources available for school communities at

Other resources:

  • Communities Caring for Children will host a 30-minute family friendly practice of resiliency Monday-Wednesday each week at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. Visit for details.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741741
  • Minnesota Mobile Mental Health Crisis Line: Call **CRISIS (**274747)
  • WarmLine Peer Support Connection: Call or text 844-739-6369 (5 p.m. to 9 a.m.)
  • Find Your Happy Place: Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Stress (Minnesota Department of Health):

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