Suite360

Mental Health & Prevention

Suite360

Mental Health & Prevention

Suite360:Mental Health & Prevention is a comprehensive mental health education program, providing students in grades 6-12 with information about mental health care as well as what to do if they or someone they care about experiences symptoms of a mental health problem.

Equip students with the mental health skills they need to be happy, healthy and successful

For decades, health education has focused almost exclusively on students’ physical health while giving little to no attention to mental health education. The results are clear. According to the National Research Council, approximately one in five youth worldwide experience mental health disorders prior to age 25. Suite360:Mental Health is designed to change that by providing mental health education to students in grades 6-12 on a wide variety of topics including mental healthcare as well as what to do when they or someone they care about experiences symptoms of a mental health problem.

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Suite360:Mental Health. The world’s leading MH program for students

Suite360: Mental Health comes as a series of seven lessons designed to provide students with an overview of important mental healthcare topics. Each lesson emphasizes a student’s need to take action to help themselves or others while also providing a comprehensive Teacher Companion Guide for each lesson to support teachers. The Suite360: Mental Health Library includes lessons on:

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and reducing stigma
  • Prevention of mental health disorders and mental health awareness and assistance
  • Awareness of local and community resources and the process for accessing treatment
  • Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques
  • Strategies to support a peer, friend, or family member with a mental health disorder
  • Prevention of suicide
  • Substance abuse prevention

THE TIME IS NOW!

If you are experiencing several of the symptoms of mental illness and they’ve lasted for a few weeks, it’s time for you to A.C.T.

1. Apply coping strategies. People don’t think clearly when they\’re upset. Don’t do anything extreme until you’ve calmed down. Tools that help you face challenging feelings in a healthy way are coping strategies. This includes: taking deep breaths, imagining yourself in a calm, peaceful place, or simply doing something you enjoy.

2. Consider your options for help. Identify an adult you trust. Maybe a teacher, coach, counselor, parent or other relative, who you can trust and talk to about what you’re experiencing.

3. Talk to that person. If you trust this person, you probably know that he or she is someone you can to about your feelings. Don’t wait. Go talk to that trusted adult as soon as you begin to worry about your feeling being too intense or lasting too long.

If you have a friend who you think is showing symptoms of mental illness, it’s time to H.E.L.P.

  • Help as soon as you can.
  • Empathize with the person
  • Listen without trying to fix it
  • Plan your next steps.

Suite360:Prevention teaches students in grades K-12 vital information needed to protect themselves from child trafficking and substance abuse, including steps they should take to keep themselves safe in real life and in the virtual world.

Starting the conversation. There are some topics that educators wish we never had to address, including child trafficking and substance abuse. Suite360:Prevention starts those conversations for you. Recent statistics estimate the number of victims of trafficking to be between 20 and 40 million men, women, and children. Most children are trafficked between the ages of 11 and 14 making this an issue that must be addressed.

Prevent and protect. Suite360:Prevention introduces students in grades K-12 to important safety practices they can take to keep themselves safe in real life and in the virtual world. Young children are taught about stranger danger and good versus bad touches, while older students learn more about what trafficking is and how to keep themselves and others safe from this form of modern day slavery. Lessons include specific content about substance abuse prevention, including vaping, smoking, and abuse of prescription, over-the-counter medications, opioids, alcohol, and marijuana.

Elementary Content Topic

  • Stranger danger
  • Good touch / bad touch
  • Introduction to internet safety
  • Introduction to substance abuse prevention

Late Elementary and Middle School Content Topics

  • Internet safety and privacy
  • Personal boundaries
  • Healthy relationships
  • Risk factors, including drug and alcohol abuse
  • Warning signs a friend may be in trouble

High School Content Topics

  • Expanded content on personal and cyber-safety content
  • Trafficking methods (e.g., threats, abuse, intimidation, etc.)

Are you ready to start a conversation with your students?

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