Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI) promotes mental health and prevention.
Its goal is for every youth to get through adolescence without developing symptoms of anxiety or depression. There are biological and social factors but one can directly influence the psychological factors by exercising activities to enhance coping skills.
Often called grit, or resilience, coping skills and knowledge strengthen one’s ability to overcome challenges and crises, more able to balance the weight of life’s worries. Every 22 youth practicing better coping skills prevents 1 case of depression (“The number needed to treat to prevent one case of depressive disorder was 22.” ~Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1272–1280). The activities to build coping skills were developed in collaboration with:
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- William James College
- McLean Hospital
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Wellness is strongly correlated to academic performance. On average, social and emotional learning (SEL) improves performance of the entire grade 11 points on standard achievement tests, moving the average from the 50th percentile to the 61st percentile (~Weissberg R. & Durlak J., 2011). It is clear that skills and knowledge related to social and emotional development are interrelated with the intellectual development that youth need for academic success. The SEL skills are:
- social awareness
- decision making