Mental Health 101 Curriculum
Mental Health 101 is a whole-school training program with school assemblies, parent programs, teacher trainings, and a whole-school curriculum for middle and high school students. We are a frequent partner with Project AWARE.
Funding for this program is available through SAMHSA, Project AWARE, and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Member schools get access to our
Digital Curriculum & Teacher's Guide
Mental Health 101 shows teens how to cope with stress and anxiety and how to live a life of resiliency. Written by a diverse team of experts, Mental Health 101 gives teens practical tools for:
The Top 10 Goals of Mental Health 101
- Mental Health 101 makes a clear distinction between temporary feelings of anxiety or depression (which are common for all teens) and longer forms of mental illness, such as clinical depression, which can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional.
- Mental Health 101 is non-controversial in nature and does not promote any political or religious agendas. The program promotes individual responsibility.
- Mental Health 101 teaches positive behaviors and mental wellbeing skills like respect, responsibility, resiliency, and coping skills for stress and anxiety.
- Mental Health 101 prevents at-risk and self-destructive behaviors like self-harm, suicide, depression, and anxiety.
- Mental Health 101 teaches students to get support by talking to a trusted adult, such as a parent, guardian, teacher, or a mental health professional.
- Mental Health 101 shows students how to get help if someone is having a mental health crisis, such as a panic attack or suicidal thoughts. The program also educates students on the most common mental illnesses, learning disorders, and disabilities.
- Mental Health 101 teaches students how to have respectful conversations, even when they disagree with someone.
- Mental Health 101 is non-judgmental, and it allows students to participate at their own comfort level.
- Mental Health 101 can be taught as a Tier-1 class for all middle school and high school students.
- Mental Health 101 is a research-based program that will soon become evidence-based, as we study the impact it has on positive school culture.
Meet The Authors
Mental Health 101 Table of Contents
- Meet the Authors
- What is Mental Health?
- Self-Esteem & Mental Health
- Mental Illness & Teens
- COVID-19 & Mental Health
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Emotional Intelligence
- Human Needs
- Healthy Living
- Support Systems
- Coping Skills
- Suicide Prevention
- Mental Conditions & Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Addiction & Self Harm
- Becoming Your Best Self
Mental Health 101 teaches teens how to…
What is Project AWARE?
Project AWARE is a new grant program funded by SAMHSA. AWARE stands for Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education. The Project AWARE program builds or expands the capacity of State Educational Agencies (SEA), in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth. By building or expanding capacity, the program advances wellness and resiliency in education by increasing mental health awareness in schools across states, territories, and tribal communities.
Project AWARE also provides training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health challenges, and connects school-aged youth, who may present with behavioral health challenges and their families to needed services.
The program has increased mental health literacy among the schools and communities, removed barriers to find care, and ensured cultural relevance for all school programs. With the continuous support from SAMHSA, Project AWARE focuses on improving school climate and trauma informed programs to improve the care for school-aged youth.