Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI) delivers practical activities for healthy kids to practice balancing the weight of life’s worries with the relief of skills and knowledge. This improves their resilience, reducing the risk of developing anxiety or depression. One case of depression is avoided for every 22 people learning the skills and knowledge of wellness. (“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.