Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

 

Basic, foundational training available at no cost via University of British Columbia. To request comprehensive training, go to  The Mental Health Collaborative, scroll to the Contact section at the bottom of the page and enter your information to be contacted about the training that's right for you.

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Mental Health Literacy Component Inventory

Understanding how to foster and maintain positive mental health: ADDRESSED

Understanding mental health disorders and their treatments: ADDRESSED

Decreasing stigma: ADDRESSED

Understanding how to seek help effectively: ADDRESSED

Learning Standard Inventory

Based on learning standards provided by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Compare & contrast emotional, mental + behavioral illness, mental well-being and concurrent disorders

YES

Describe how self-harm or suicide impacts other people

NO

Explain how to help someone who is thinking about attempting suicide

YES

 

Identify school and community resources that can help a person with emotional, mental and behavioral health concerns

YES

Describe laws related to minors accessing mental health care

NO

Advocate for reducing stigma associated with emotional and mental and behavioral health

YES

As a pioneering curriculum that defined Mental Health Literacy, the curriculum guide provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers. Originating in Canada, the Guide has been adapted to the US and is taught in schools throughout the US and abroad. It is developed to help enhance the mental health literacy of students and targeted to be used in grades seven through ten. This is the time of the lifespan in which the diagnoses of mental disorders begins to increase dramatically; it is thus essential that young people be able to have the knowledge, attitudes and competencies to help themselves and others if necessary. The Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide increases awareness of mental disorders and their treatments, as well as increasing understanding of how to obtain and maintain mental health, reducing stigma and improving help-seeking efficacy.

Materials, Evidence and Implementation

SUPPORT MATERIALS

Resources/Materials: Curriculum Guide training required for all educators who will be teaching the curriculum in schools, providing a cost-effective, sustainable training in which educators are given all training and resources to embed the curriculum into their 7th - 10th grade classroom.  All trainings can be done in-person or virtually. For cost of training, contact www.Mental Health Collaborative.org
Fidelity Measure: No
Student learning measure: Yes (pre and post knowledge)

EVIDENCE (click for more info)

- 6 Studies  in Canada (4 peer-reviewed, 2 grey)
- 1 RCT, 1 Quasi-Experimental, 1 Case Study, 2 Program Evaluations
- 265-534 Canadian High School Students (9th, 11th, 12th grades), 60 US Students (11-17 yrs old)
-Student receiving curriculum experienced significant increases in mental health knowledge scores and positive attitudes towards mental illness (i.e. stigma reduction) which sustained in follow-up assessments (which ranged from 1 month, 2 month, and 1 year).

IMPLEMENTATION

•Program Cost: Basic, foundational training available at no cost via University of British Columbia.  Comprehensive, school-based training,  $2,000-6,000, depending on chosen training elements and delivery method via the Mental health Collaborative and includes data collection on implemented programs. The manual in a hard copy binder is available, post-training, through Chad's Legacy Project for $40 (includes shipping-while supplies last).
•Modality: Classroom Curriculum

•Setting: Health Classes and Other
•Grade level(s): Middle-High
•Who delivers the program: Teacher
•Qualifications/Training needed?: Yes

•Training Description: In-person or virtual 6-8hr. training, or 2-3 day "Train the Trainer" training also available
•Virtual option? Yes
•Length: 6 modules, 55 or 120 min each

 

Basic, foundational training available at no cost via University of British Columbia. To request comprehensive training, go to  The Mental Health Collaborative, scroll to the Contact section at the bottom of the page and enter your information to be contacted about information on the training that's right for you.

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