“The Behind Happy Faces Curriculum fills a critical gap in our campus mental health promotion efforts. Whereas we have excellent counseling services and strong suicide prevention and gatekeeper training, we need a broad based method to engage large populations of students in recognizing mental health as an essential component of their learning experience. Behind Happy Faces makes thinking deeply about mental health approachable. It speaks through personal stories, conceptual frameworks and engagement modules that meet students where they are and compels them to take proactive steps to promote their own and their friends mental health.”
~Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Oregon State University
One of the largest gaps in our country right now is not having enough mental health curriculums to teach people of all ages the skills they need to manage their mental health. Over the past 20 years, mental health organizations have done an effective job of letting the public know the statistics surrounding mental health issues.
Now it’s time to take the next step and help people develop skills to address their emotions. Our country teaches about physical health and diet from kindergarten through the rest of a person’s life. It’s time to do the same with mental health!
The first curriculum that I developed is titled, Behind Happy Faces. Over 70,000 high school and college students are utilizing this program. The curriculum is being used at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, UC Irvine, Oregon State University, Montana State University, Mount St. Joseph University, UNC Greensboro, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Phi, Tau Delta, some of the top private high schools in New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, two public school districts in California and was a part of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Retreat. This spring the NCAA will be sponsoring a pilot study of the curriculum for student athletes at 6 universities.
Behind Happy Faces Mental Health Curriculum has evidence based data showing increases in help seeking behavior, decreases in stigma and increased ability in self-efficacy. To learn more about the curriculum and how your organization or school can use it please click here.