How to Improve Student Outcomes and Mental Well-being
Mental health literacy refers to the knowledge and skills that individuals need to be able to understand, prevent, and manage mental health problems. It includes understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, as well as the ways in which to seek help and support.
Mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being, and it is especially important for teenagers who are navigating the challenges of adolescence. Unfortunately, many teens lack the mental health literacy they need to understand and manage their own mental health. This is why it's important for schools to provide mental health education that is tailored to the unique needs and development of teenagers.
There are several reasons why mental health literacy is important for teens:
Mental Health Education in the Classroom
There are several ways that schools can incorporate mental health literacy into their curriculum. By including mental health education as a regular part of the curriculum, teachers can provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and manage their mental health. One such program is Brain Health Basics which contains videos and visuals that teach teens about mental health, crisis skills, and stress management. It’s designed for easy implementation in schools and specifically created to measure and increase mental health literacy.