This is a critical moment in time for our society. Our communities have been forced to turn inwards and become resourceful — with students moving to remote learning and many organizations pivoting to work from home policies. Added stressors including a lack of basic necessities, in some cases, challenge the mental and physical well-being of all people across the globe. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize that the deployment of our digital education is more critical than ever.
The Mental Wellness Coalition was created to provide students, teachers, and schools with best practices and access to Mental Wellness education across the nation. The Coalition’s goal is focused on addressing the mental health and wellness challenges facing our youth during the formative middle and high school years.
With so much emphasis placed on improvements in math and science, skills like compassion often receive less classroom time. This unintended trade-off may be short-sighted, as compassion is an important social-emotional skill that begins to develop in early childhood and is essential for lifelong health and success. By teaching kindness, empathy and compassion in the classroom, educators set their students up for long term success in every aspect of life.
With so much emphasis placed on improvements in math and science, skills like compassion often receive less classroom time. This unintended trade-off may be short-sighted, as compassion is an important social-emotional skill that begins to develop in early childhood and is essential for lifelong health and success. Learning compassion increases students’ own sense of wellbeing and improves the learning environment for all learners. By teaching kindness, empathy and compassion in the classroom, educators set their students up for long term success in every aspect of life.
Mental Wellness Basics provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, maintain and promote positive mental health. By helping all students develop a positive mindset, and normalizing the discussion of mental health concerns, this course reduces the stigma and empowers students to help themselves and others.
This course equips undergraduates with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life. The course helps learners practice self-care, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support.
EVERFI Elevate is an elective, microlearning experience that aims to raise the learners’ confidence, knowledge, and action towards bias when it comes to making healthy decisions around key topics. In its first year, Elevate will have vital information on prescription drug safety and mental wellness for communities across the globe. Learn how to bring community focused education to your community.
The need for youth mental health and wellness education is urgent. Nearly 20% of youth live with a mental health condition, and 50% of all lifetime mental illness cases begin by age 14.1 It is crucial to invest in youth mental health awareness and education efforts to destigmatize discussion of mental health and empower students to seek the support they need.
Mental Wellness Basics provides students with the skills and tools they need to:
- Establish effective coping strategies
- Support friends in need
- Understand when to seek help from others
1“Mental Health Facts: Children & Teens.” Mental Health Facts: Children & Teens, NAMI, www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Mental-Health-by-the-Numbers/childrenmhfacts.pdf.
The Mental Wellness Coalition was created to bring investment, best practices, and prevention technology to schools across the nation to address the mental health and wellness challenges facing our youth—with a critical focus on middle and high school prevention education.
“Educating high school students about mental wellness is an essential activity to help teens understand how to care for their own mental health, to increase the likelihood they will seek help if they are struggling; and that they will notice and know how to help if a peer may be struggling.”
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With the support of Pivotal Moments, EVERFI has developed an evidence-based mental wellness digital curriculum that empowers youth to build critical mental wellness skills.