Mental Health Curriculum

Mental Health 101 for Teens is a new book and curriculum for middle school, high school, and college students. Our new Digital Teacher’s Guide includes:

  • Classroom Discussion Guides

  • Collaborative Conversations & Group Activities

  • Student Journal Prompts

  • Family Discussion Guides available in English, Spanish, and Chinese

Mental Health 101 For Teens: The Practical Guide to Mental Health, Self-Esteem, & Emotional Intelligence is a new book that shows teens how to cope with heightened stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19. Written by a diverse team of experts, Mental Health 101 shows teens how to develop important life skills like…


90% of teens in the U.S. are never taught basic mental health skills at school, such as how to cope with stress and anxiety.

1,400 to 1...

the current ratio of students to school psychologists

500 to 1...

the current ratio of students to school counselors

Meet The Authors

Certified Trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid
PhD in Counselor Education from St. Mary’s University
PhD in Psychology from Rice University in Houston
PhD in Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York

Table of Contents

  1. Meet the Authors
  2. What is Mental Health?
  3. Self-Esteem & Mental Health
  4. Mental Illness & Teens
  5. COVID-19 & Mental Health
  6. Diversity & Inclusion
  7. Emotional Intelligence
  8. Empathy
  9. Human Needs
  10. Self-Care
  11. Healthy Living
  12. Support Systems
  13. Identity
  14. Trauma
  15. Boundaries
  16. Depression
  17. Anxiety
  18. Coping Skills
  19. Suicide Prevention
  20. Mental Conditions & Disorders
  21. Autism
  22. Learning Disabilities
  23. Addiction & Self Harm
  24. Responsibility
  25. Resiliency
  26. Becoming Your Best Self
This is such a timely book. It’s easy to read and easy to understand. We need to start having the difficult conversations about mental health with our teens and this book is a huge help. I highly recommend that you get this book!!
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This book could not be more timely. Our kids need emotional awareness and the tools to improve mental health now more than ever. This book is helpful in general, but this pandemic has brought everything to a critical state. Help break down stigmas and strengthen your mental health today!
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This book made me cry in a very good way! I wondered if it would be worth the time spent reading it, but it was definitely not a waste. Amazing—how many helpful topics can be covered succinctly and without being a bore in 1 book? They do 26, and make it appropriate for all. I have 5 teens and hope each one of them will read every word. I plan to take some of the advice to heart myself. Mental health concern is for every person who wants a full life.
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Mental Health 101 teaches teens how to…

Image of America’s top speakers on bullying and mental health for teens - Tom Thelen

A Message From Author Tom Thelen

Hi, I’m Tom Thelen, lead author of Mental Health 101 for Teens. When I was a teen, I was overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. It was coming from everywhere: at school, online, even at home. I felt trapped, so I never talked about my struggles. Thankfully, I connected with my high school English Teacher, Mrs. Burdick. She quickly became my trusted adult – the person I could talk to without feeling judged. She helped me get into counseling, and it was a huge help! The wisdom I learned back then became the seeds of hope that grew in my heart for many years. It wasn’t an overnight change, but in time… I became a new person. My relationship with Mrs. Burdick probably saved my life. I know it saved my heart.

That’s what we’re trying to do with Mental Health 101. We’re giving teens the basics, so they will begin opening up to the trusted adults in their lives: their parents, teachers, and mentors.

As a writing team of four authors, we come from different backgrounds and upbringings, but we all have one mission with the book: we’re here to give teens absolutely everything we have… every insight, every piece of advice, and every skill we wish we had back when we were young. We hope you’ll buy multiple copies of this book, and give it to every teen in your life. They’re gonna need it.

All teens need coping skills for stress & anxiety

Mental Health 101 gives teens a safe place to discover coping skills that work for them. Talking to teens with a nonjudgmental attitude creates a deep connection with them. Sometimes they need to hear the same caring words again, but from a new source.

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