WHY IS MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IMPORTANT?

Mental Health education can improve emotional intelligence amongst adolescents which helps them through their struggles. This can also advance their skills physically and socially. They will learn about purpose, acceptance, growth, autonomy, relationships, and more. Being aware of issues such as addiction and suicide are extremely important and relevant to the high school experience. If schools taught mental health in a way that doesn't put students to shame but honors their openness and vulnerability, there's a better chance for students to seek out treatment.

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GET INVOLVED!

REQUIRE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

IN THE CURRICULUM

Help us educate future generations about mental health by taking action. Check your school's curriculum and see if mental health education is required. If it is stated as such, are they fulfilling this claim? The misinformation is amplified through learning environments that demote the importance of mental health and taking care of one's self. It is critical that they know about the signs and symptoms and where to receive treatment. It is crucial that students struggling with mental health feel valued. 


SIGN PETITIONS BELOW TO DEMAND MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION BE INTEGRATED INTO THE CURRICULUM THROUGH FEDERAL AND STATE LAW.

PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

 

JOIN AN ADVOCACY GROUP OR BECOME A CRISIS COUNSELOR

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  • Join Project Calendula! We have open submissions for blog posts and art but if you are looking to become a full time member, visit our application page. Under our "About" tab you will find our mission, our history, and more info about becoming a part of the Calendula Crew. 

  • Become a crisis counselor: Crisis counselors are lice send individual trained to intervene in crisis and deescalate the situation by offering assistance and support. Someone may contact a crisis counselor before attempting suicide, in environments of domestic or sexual abuse, and any number of traumatic situations in which someone may need help. 

  • Establish a mental health system(join SSN!) with likeminded people to discuss theses issues, share resources and support each others initiative.Visit our "Partners" page to view groups with similar missions to ours. Go support them or join them!

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GET YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVED!

TALK TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS

Check with your community leaders on their knowledge on mental health. If they seem unknowing, guide them accordingly if possible. These conversations are extremely difficult to have, so if you are in search for tips on how to get started especially in stubborn or less safe environments, visit our blog page.

  • School: Review your school's regulations and policies on mental health education. To make a difference, talk to the Board of Ed or the Curriculum advisors. Does your school have a competitive pressure? Bring this up to the administration. (Most)Teachers want to make a difference for the best of us. Engage in student activities. Ask the school government to center events after mental health or mirror the activities of the next bullet

  • Government: Talk to your representatives! Have them declare a proclamation on the importance of mental health and have them swear to focus on mental health issues. IF they do not follow up, hold them accountable. Encourage your town to have a fundraiser to raise money for mental health organizations. ​

  • Youth groups and clubs: Talk to your sports team about the importance of mental health and its relation to physical wellbeing. Organize a conversation in your youth group and it's relation to religion or your mission.

  • Symbols: Have your community decorate your room, building or town, with green ribbons (for mental health) or teal and purple ribbons (for suicide awareness). 

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