Healthy kids stay healthy with grit, resilience

Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI) promotes mental health and wellness.

The AWI goal is for every youth to get through adolescence without developing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Everyone can enhance problem solving and coping skills by exercising related activities.  Children exercising the activities grow more able to balance the weight of life’s worries, developing grit, or resilience, to overcome challenges and crises.

Curricula with the activities to build coping skills were developed in collaboration with:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • William James College
  • McLean Hospital

Does this mean all cases of depression are preventable?  

No, not all cases of depression are preventable through improved problem solving and coping skills, which primarily address psychological and social factors. Some cases are more influenced by biological factors.   To be explicit, by age 18 one case of depression is prevented for every twenty-two  youth practicing better problem solving and coping skills (“The number needed to treat to prevent one case of depressive disorder was 22.”  ~Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1272–1280).  This translates into a major reduction. For comparison, the Surgeon General’s goal is to reduce the rate in the population from its current 8% level to a targeted rate of 7%.

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Would you like better test scores? 
Academic performance is strongly correlated to emotional wellness.  Social and emotional learning (SEL) improves performance of an entire grade by 11 points on standard achievement tests, moving the average from the 50th percentile to the 61st percentile (~Weissberg R. & Durlak J., 2011).  The SEL activities improve every child’s:

  • relationships
  • social awareness
  • self-awareness
  • self-management
  • decision making

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