Across the US, students today face increasing challenges and pressures that can make it difficult to cope and effectively manage their mental health. One in five students currently lives with a mental health condition, and suicide has become the third leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 24. Educators across EVERFI’s network of more than 25,000 schools are proactively seeking resources to help students prioritize their own mental health and develop the skills to better cope with the daily stressors in their lives.

 

About the Initiative

Mental Wellness Basics is a school-based digital program that equips high school students with the knowledge and tools needed to develop a healthy mindset and improve their ability to deal with stressful situations. This lays the groundwork for preventing significant mental health issues in the future. The course aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions while supporting students in identifying and addressing mental health needs for themselves and others.

Mental Wellness Basics was spearheaded by EVERFI, a leading education technology provider used in 1 in 7 schools nationwide, and Pivotal Moments, a public charity on a mission to encourage more youth to become champions for mental wellness.

The 45-minute evidence-based digital program blends expert vetted content with real-life scenarios equipping students with lifelong mental wellness tactics. The program is designed to be implemented in the classroom and is available at no-cost to educators. Lesson plans and standard-aligned guides help teachers integrate Mental Wellness effortlessly into classroom instruction.

Parents are also invited to join the conversation with an accompanying family discussion guide and at-home activities that bring mental wellness home.

Bring Mental Wellness Basics to the School(s) in Your Local Community

Encourage local schools to provide mental wellness education to their students. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll send you a sample letter to share with your principal or district leadership.