Your Donation Helps Expand the Mental Health Library
We are currently in the process of expanding from one category (Mental Health Literacy) to the full range of Mental Health Instruction.
This library was first unveiled in August of 2021 as the Mental Health Literacy Library. It was inspired by a long-standing crisis in High School with Mental Health surveys in decline since 2016. Mental Health Literacy was targeted as the first category in an effort to address the most immediate need, with the expectation the full array of Mental Health Education would ne next for the library.
The Path to a Concept
Chad’s Legacy Project was founded after the loss by suicide of CLP’s namesake after a brief struggle with Schizophrenia. CLP quickly adopted Mental Health Education as a pillar within it’s mission as a counter to the stigma Chad and his family and friends encountered. After multiple attempts to bring a graduation standard through the Washington State legislature, the ask evolved into a library by which teachers and school staff were provided easy access to programs, thereby eliminating the exhaustive search required until then.
Initial Library Concept
The vision of the Mental Health Literacy Library (the first iteration of MentalHealthInstruction.org) was developed with the goal to begin with bringing quick and easy access to Mental Health Literacy to combat a burgeoning mental health crisis in high schools. This library would become a Beta site that would include rudimentary comparison tools and inclusion of evidence available for all listed programs.
Initial Work with the University of Washington SMART Center
In 2020, CLP engaged in a Consulting Services Agreement with the educational experts at the University of Washington SMART Center to provide research, testing and analysis services, and quantification expertise to help in developing the initial library. The SMART Center was to provide the compilation of programs for listing based on criteria borrowed from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. CLP was to receive those packets of data and content and build the first site of it’s kind.
The Roll Out of the Mental Health Instruction Website
In August 2021, the Beta site was published.
The New Site Build
Thanks to the generous support of the Satterberg Foundation, Elizabeth A. Lynn Foundation, The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Downtown Yakima Rotary, this new, professionally built site provides the comparison tools and accessibility originally envisioned in 2020. We are grateful to Conflare Studio in their tireless efforts to make this new site a reality.
The New Site Expansion - SUPPORT NEEDED
In 2024, CLP will be reengaging with the UW SMART Center to expand from the current listings withing Mental Health Literacy, to categories that include Social Emotional Learning, Substance Used Disorders, Suicide Prevention and emerging curricula pertaining to Social Media Use.
Support the Future of Mental Health Education
We need your support in the next phase to complete the vision of a free, sustainable and comprehensive Mental Health Instruction Library. Please note sponsorship contributions made by program developers wishing to be listed on the library are accepted as support for the overall advancement of accessible mental health education in schools. No contributions made to Chad's Legacy Project and the MHI website are to be understood as consideration for specific program inclusion into the library.
FOR Program Developers
Submit a Program or Curriculum
If you represent a curriculum as a program developer and you would like to submit for inclusion into the library please contact us to request a program survey from the University of Washington SMART Center and we will begin efforts to add yours to MentalHealthInstruction.org