Mental Health Literacy Instructional Units


Download the Classroom Lessons, Parent Materials, and Supplemental Resources


Curious to learn more about the classroom lessons and additional resources? Watch a recorded webinar​ or review the presentation slides​ to better understand the Mental Health Literacy Units of Instruction.


​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)

​​​​A Closer Look at the Units​

​​Elementary: Grades 3 - 5

Skill: Self-Management

Lessons Include: ​

  • Exploring Emotions & Feelings

  • People I Trust

  • Asking for Help

  • Building my Toolbox

​​​Middle School: Grades 6 - 8

Skill: Advocacy

Lessons Include: 

  • Self-Talk Matters

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety

  • Seeking Help

  • Healthy Relationships & Mental Health

High School: Grades 9 - 12​​​​​

​​​Skill: Communication

Lessons Include: 

  • My Stress Management Plan

  • Care, Compassion, Concern, Confidence

  • My Boundaries, My Health

  • “Let’s Talk”

Download the entire Mental Health Literacy Instructional Units 

from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

​Creating the Units of Instruction

​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.

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and Caregiver Engagement Materials

Interested in School Mental Health? Check out the OCMH School Mental Health page​ with additional resources and information.

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