In a recent poll, 87% of parents across the country support mental health education in schools. (NAMI Poll 2021)
Wisconsin youth also support mental health education: those who participated in Youth Listening Sessions believe it is needed across all grades. (OCMH Recommendations for Action)
Creating a Free Resource
In 2021, the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to create Mental Health Literacy Units of Instruction for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The lesson plans took over a year to create through an intentional collaborative process including Wisconsin educators, parents, youth, and mental health experts.
Mental health literacy includes the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to develop and maintain positive mental health, identify mental health challenges in self and others, reduce stigma, and seek appropriate help.
The skills-based lesson plans focus on developing the skills that students need to maintain mental health and well-being, as well as how to recognize and support others who may be struggling.
An accompanying parent/caregiver guide for each classroom lesson is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong to help adults in students’ lives understand what they are learning and generate helpful school and family conversations about wellness.
Interested in School Mental Health? Check out the OCMH School Mental Health page with additional resources and information.