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Mental health resource offered to Johnson County schools

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) now offers a new program which brings critical mental health education to schools across Johnson County. Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, JCMHC is providing the digital resource, Mental Wellness Basics to all public and private schools in Johnson County - at no cost to schools.

The new course, Mental Wellness Basics, introduces students to the experiences of others to develop awareness and empathy, reduce stigma and provide facts on the prevalence and symptoms of mental health conditions. The course was developed by EVERFI Inc.

“While there is broad recognition that mental health is a critical issue for youth, educators and counselors need diverse strategies to empower as many students as possible with the skills to support themselves and their peers,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We are excited to partner with EVERFI in the development and implementation of programming to expand critical health literacy for thousands of Johnson County students.”

In addition to providing Mental Wellness Basics, JCMHC will now serve as the fiscal agent for the existing high school education program focused on alcohol abuse prevention, AlcoholEdu. These interactive digital resources, developed by EVERFI Inc., bring alcohol abuse prevention and mental wellness education to students in eight through 12th grade.

Learn more about Mental Wellness Basics

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