Mental Health 101 is our school based program serving middle and high schools across Tennessee. Mental Health Association staff visit more than 50 schools, serving 14,000 students during the academic year teaching the Mental Health 101 curriculum to middle and high school students.
Students are eager to learn about mental health because many know their peers are struggling with mental health problems. They also are aware of numerous celebrities who experience similar issues. Our outcome data shows significant gains in demonstrable knowledge of mental illness signs and symptoms, symptom duration, and intervention and recognition of suicidal behaviors.
“The most important outcomes for us, are not the number of schools or students served, but more importantly, how did the students use what they learned from Mental Health 101? When we return to schools year after year, we learn from teachers and counselors that students we taught put their knowledge to work. Some sought help for themselves, and some sought help for troubled or suicidal peers. That gives us goose bumps every time.”
- Ben Harrington, Executive Director
“Dear Miss Laura: Thank you for coming and teaching our class. I learned a lot. And I have noticed that I have the symptoms of depression. I would never have known if you didn’t come. So thank you!”
Choose a school from the list below if you would like someone from the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee to contact your school today.