We are UNT students that have created a team to support the Mental Health Collaborative during May - National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental Health Collaborative
It’s a mental health literacy program based in Massachusetts. Its mission is to educate the community about mental health by accurately talking about it, decreasing the stigma, and helping people get the right treatment.
Abbie Rosenburg, a therapist, founded in 2017 after losing a patient to suicide. She was frustrated with the lack of education on mental disorders in communities. The charity focuses on educating schools and communities on how to identify mental disorders in order to facilitate more immediate treatment. Their website states that “half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24”
WHAT & HOW
They offer mental health literacy training programs for teachers, parents, high school students, first responders, coaches, and other members of the community. They offer school-based and community-based programs. At the moment training sessions are only virtual.
In seeing that unmet need in our country, we then spent a good year researching evidence-based programs and found one that is used very little in the US but has robust evidence that it works to meet this need. It is called Mental Health Literacy: www.mentalhealthliteracy.org
You can find out more at www.mentalhealthcollaborative.org