Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI) promotes mental health and wellness activities for all children to practice. The goal is to prevent depression; every 22 youth AWI reaches before adolescence helps prevent one case of depression.
Kids practice balancing the weight of life’s worries with the relief of skills and knowledge. These problem solving skills and social supports strengthen their ability to overcome challenges and crises. The activities to optimize the interaction of our thoughts and behaviors, cognitive-behaviorism, are developed by McLean Hospital, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Educating 22 healthy youth with coping skills and knowledge prevents one case of depression. (“The number needed to treat to prevent one case of depressive disorder was 22.” ~Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1272–1280)
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Mental health is strongly correlated to academic performance. On average, SEL (the Social and Emotional Learning skills of relationships, social awareness, self-awareness, self-management and decision making) improves performance of the entire grade on standard achievement tests 11 points, moving the average from the 50th percentile to the 61st percentile (~Weissberg R. & Durlak J., 2011). Skills and knowledge related to social and emotional development are interrelated with the intellectual development youth need for academic success.