The World Health Organization (WHO) defines overall health literacy as more important to health outcomes than “income, employment status, education and racial or ethnic group.” 1
However, the vast majority of people in the U.S. never receive Mental Health Literacy education, with less than 50% of students recognizing signs and symptoms of depression2, and even fewer recognizing other mental illnesses.3
Since founding in 2019, we have trained over 6000 people in Mental Health Literacy.
Our evidence-based programs are proven to decrease stigma and suicidality and increase mental health knowledge and help-seeking efficacy. 4, 5, 6, 7
Stories of Impact
One of the most relevant and well-presented professional trainings in my 15 years of teaching. I’ve successfully applied this content in my work with students, my relationships with others, and with my own childrenHigh School Educator, Mental Health Essentials for Educators
I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t have the words for it. This was the best class–with really important information that we all need!8th Grade Student, Mental Health Essentials Student Curriculum
The staff were engaging, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about mental health. They offered concrete suggestions for helping student-athletes cope with mental health challenges and with creating a healthy team environment.Anonymous Coach, Mental Health Essentials for Coaches
Critical training for today’s parents! This program provided me with a clear framework for recognizing mental illness and knowing when to take action. As a result, I feel more confident navigating these conversations with my teens.Parent of a 9th Grader, Mental Health Essentials for Parents & Caregivers
Mental Health Collaborative’s session for our volunteers was full of information and strategies in order to have productive conversations about mental health with young people. The facilitators were knowledgeable about the field and helped build our volunteers skills and comfort level in having these life-saving conversations with youth.Boston CASA Employee, Mental Health Essentials for Mentors
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1 World Health Organization (WHO). Health literacy: the solid facts. Geneva (CH): WHO Regional Office for Europe; 2013. [PDF]. Retrieved at https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/128703/e96854.pdf)
2 Olsson DP, Kennedy MG. Mental health literacy among young people in a small US town: recognition of disorders and hypothetical helping responses. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2010 Nov;4(4):291-8.
3 Coles ME, Ravid A, Gibb B, George-Denn D, Bronstein LR, McLeod S. Adolescent Mental Health Literacy: Young People’s Knowledge of Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Jan;58(1):57-62.
4 Milin, R., Kutcher, S., Lewis, S. P., Walker, S., Wei, Y., Ferrill, N., & Armstrong, M. A. (2016). Impact of a mental health curriculum on knowledge and stigma among high school students: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(5), 383-391.
5 Wei, Y. & Kutcher, S. (2018). School Based Mental Health Literacy: Effectively Addressing the Need with Evidence Based Resources. CAP Journal.
6 Carr, W., Wei, Y., Kutcher, S., & Heffernan, A. (2018). Preparing for the classroom: Mental health knowledge improvement, stigma reduction and enhanced help-seeking efficacy in Canadian preservice teachers. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.
7 Wei, Y., & Kutcher, S. (2014). Innovations in Practice: ‘Go‐to’ Educator Training on the mental health competencies of educators in the secondary school setting: a program evaluation. Child and
Adolescent Mental Health.