Pathways to Empower; Brain-Based Mental Health Literacy

MODALITY: curriculum

To get started click on the "Get Started" button below to visit the Pathways to Empower website K-12 page. There, you can also download an informational pdf for their programming packet to further review workbook overviews, scope and sequence, and sample lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school.


Pathways to Empower is a student workbook designed to teach brain-based mental health literacy education in an engaging and accessible way.

The workbook includes four core modules:

  • Neuroscience 101 introduces the developmental stages of the brain and different systems.
  • The Resilient Mindset Model explains how our brains naturally respond to challenges so we can use challenges as opportunities to build resilience.
  • Brain-Based Relationships applies the science and strategies learned in the first two modules to our interactions with others.
  • Mental Health Literacy covers the four goals of mental health literacy through the lens of neuroscience.

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

$15-$25 per students workbook


Classroom Curriculum


Health classes and other appropriate classroom settings

Grade Level(s)




Study Types

None Available