Sunday, May 12, 2013

Is Mental Health Addressed?


Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? It coincides with the time of year when students across the country are busy taking state exams, AP tests and preparing for final exams. Our team is hitting the road, asking people far and wide what educational changes we can all make that best support the mental health of our children.

Earlier this week we visited New Jersey, talking to schools that are collaborating across districts to adopt policies that support thriving students. From limits on homework and APs, to later start times and student-driven curriculum, we're seeing a mindset shift around the way we are raising and educating our children. These conversations prove it.

And today, we're engaging stakeholders in higher education with a screening of "Race to Nowhere" for Harvard University's Health Services. Colleges across the country, including the Ivy Leagues, are seeing the long-term effects of the way students are being pushed and "packaged." We are thrilled to be a part of Harvard's work to spread the "Race to Nowhere" message and to remind students that they are more than just a test score or letter grade on a report card.

You can make a difference too. Take a moment to think about how your school has--or has not--addressed the mental health of students and share your
stories and work to foster conversation with us! Take a first step by using "Race to Nowhere" and the Companion Book to begin your community's conversation about student well-being. Learn more about bringing the film to your community or home today by visiting our website or replying to this email.

Then pay it forward by sharing or acquiring the film for a friend, teacher or school administrator and help grow the conversation and movement.

Together we can champion a more balanced, healthy learning experience for every child.

Thank you,

Vicki Abeles and the "Race to Nowhere" team

P.S. Know of a mother juggling too much? As a "Race to Nowhere" supporter, you can register for the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms" virtual conference for free! Join me and New York Times bestselling author Kristine Carlson, along with 50 other bestselling authors/speakers, online to discover how to to stress less and enjoy your family more! 

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