On April 24, the School Mental Health Curriculum Guide was highlighted on NBC Nightly News. The report included an interview Deb and Willie Binion who passionately shared their goal to give hope to families across the country after losing their son, Jordan to suicide in 2010. The Binions created the Jordan Binion Project to provide resources to others about mental health — especially to high school students — and to work toward reducing the stigma surrounding related issues. The Nightly News report and full details can be found here.
At the 2018 NCHSE annual meeting, Marianna Goheen, Washington health science state leader informed attendees that Washington State became the first entity to formally implement the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Resource in the United States. The USA-Washington edition of the curriculum resource is developed and in use. Trainers have prepared educators across the state to deliver this mental health education to youth in their communities.
Joanne Clovis, Idaho health science state leader (until her retirement on May 15), informed NCHSE that Idaho has applied for a grant to assist in educating health and health science teachers in their state on this public health crisis. Joanne is planning to deliver a session on this topic at the Idaho CTE Summer Conference in July. She can’t retire!
In addition, Lara Morris, OK health science state leader shared information about a FREE teacher curriculum. The curriculum discusses OCD, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression. There are online modules for student curriculum as well. Great classroom resources for state leads and health science teachers to access.