Mental Health Essentials Student Curriculum

MODALITY: curriculum

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This course has been designed for educators working with students in grades 7 to 12.

This is a non-credit, online curriculum that consists of 6 modules designed to be taught sequentially in 6-12 hours of classroom time.  Modules include all course materials including learning objectives, lesson plans and all materials needed to deliver the curriculum in perpetuity. All student-facing materials are also translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Also includes one year of data collection and analysis via Osprey Research Group (pre/post surveys). After analysis, lifetime access to curriculum updates and quarterly Community of Practice Meeting access. 

Learn more about this course, including program background and learning objectives, at Mental Health Collaborative.

Mental health literacy is the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention, and care and can be developed through classroom based curriculum implementation that has been scientifically shown to improve mental health related outcomes for students and also for their teachers. Curriculum aligns with National Health Education Standards and CASEL competencies. 

In this course, educators will learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based, modular mental health curriculum resource as well as develop their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this resource designed to be delivered to regular classrooms to successfully address mental health-related curriculum outcomes designed to be delivered by classroom teachers to students in grades 7 to 12.

Rubric and Standards

Mental Health Literacy Components

Decreasing stigma

Understanding how to foster and maintain positive mental health

Understanding how to seek help effectively

Understanding mental health disorders and their treatments

High School Learning Standards

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

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

Describe how self-harm or suicide impacts other people

Describe laws related to minors accessing mental health care

Explain how to help someone who is thinking about attempting suicide

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


Program Material Cost

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.


Classroom Curriculum


Health Classes and Other

Grade Level(s)



Training Resources



5 Publications (3 Peer-Reviewed)

Study Types

1 Randomized Control Trial, 5 Single Group Designs

Study Samples

Countries: Canada, US Sample Sizes: Ranged from 60 to 534 Students Grade Levels: Ranged from 6th to 12th Grade

Major Findings

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 to 1 year).

Published Studies