Like our physical health, our mental health can be strengthened or diminished through daily habits. Mental Wellness Basics is a digital resource that introduces middle and high school students to mental health education. Stigma associated with mental health can have serious and negative impacts on help-seeking behaviors, and many mental health conditions and symptoms can be significantly lessened through prevention. Placing importance on mental health education in schools leads to less stigma and improves the overall mental health of students.
As such, the mental wellness activities and lessons in this digital program focus on:
- Supporting students in identifying threats to mental health early, and taking measures to increase factors that protect mental health.
- Introducing students to the experiences of others in order to develop awareness and empathy, reduce stigma, and provide facts on the prevalence and symptoms of mental health conditions.
- Fostering a mental health mindset to help students develop feelings of self-efficacy and skills that promote and model advocacy for self and others.