May is Mental Health Awareness month. Addressing mental health symptoms early is critically important for the overall health of our youth.
Beyond feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for our youth, the only other legal requirement parents have is the obligation to send their children to school. Knowing that mental health issues amongst our youth are increasing (1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, and only half of them receive treatment) Dignity Revolution has a solution for how we can address this issue.
Dignity Revolution is a K-12 comprehensive, educational program that provides a change in schools and communities. The program addresses serious issues, one of which is the mental health and wellness of our youth. The goal of Dignity Revolution is to Educate and Empower Youth to Stand Up for the Value of Every Person. Knowing that our youth spend, on average, 6 hours a day in school, Dignity Revolution believes that it is crucial that our teachers are trained on how to help our students effectively communicate and work through their social and emotional issues. Dignity Revolution provides this training through their professional development workshops and through their evidence-based curriculum.
Are you looking for ways that you can talk with your students, children, or family members about mental health? It is important to remember that mental health is an essential part of our overall health. Encourage your students, children, or family members to be open about their mental health struggles. How about making your own slime! Not only will the family activity encourage healthy conversations but also, according to the SlooMoo Institute “Slime allows for our focus to be taken away from the 200 different things running through our minds; Dr. Thomas M. Jones states that slime helps with our mental wellbeing. He revealed that once they (his patients) begin working with slime, they begin to calm down.” If you’d rather paint and get outdoors, decorate rocks, and write inspirational messages on the bottom then place the rocks around your neighborhood walking trails to help brighten someone’s day.
If you are interested in learning more about Dignity Revolution, please visit www.dignityrevolution.com or email us at [email protected]. Dignity Revolution will also be present at Lifest TN in Bon Aqua TN on July 28-30th. For more information on Lifest, visit www.lifest.com
Courtney Donati, Director of Dignity Revolution