The United States has observed May as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1946. In support of this month, TechXtend and Sharpen are now offering a series of chats about mental health in schools. The focus of these chats is to provide an overview of the mental health challenges that have been intensified by remote learning and the stresses of COVID, as well as some best practices that districts can employ to assist students, teachers, and parents as they return to the school environment.
The presentation below outlines the research and differences between social-emotional learning and mental health literacy. The two are often referred to interchangeably, but they are not the same. SEL is a critical component in every school’s curriculum, but it is only one protective factor that leads to a mentally healthy school community. The on-demand presentation below was made available May 11, 2021 for school districts to begin clearly defining the differences between SEL and mental health literacy.
About the Presenters
Dr. Gregory Firn
With 32 years of experience in education and over eight years of private sector leadership, Greg has written over 150 educational research abstracts published by Effective Schools Ltd. as well as presented to over 50 different conferences, workshops, and trainings on various topics in education and business.
Robyn Hussa Farrell
Robyn Hussa Farrell is CEO and co-Founder of Sharpen and has been working since 2006 to develop and distribute evidence-based mental health prevention programs for K-12 schools and communities. Working with researchers in public health, psychology and education, Robyn built a series of live professional development programs on identifying serious mental illnesses in schools and implementing mindfulness based stress reduction in the classroom setting.
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