Healthy youth stay healthy building 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,  growing 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 by:

  • 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. Some cases may be so influenced by  biological factors that improved problem solving and coping skills are not enough to ward off symptoms. To be explicit, 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 more than a 20% reduction; double the goal stated by the Surgeon General for the general population.

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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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