What We Do

What We Do

The Need

  • Close to 3 million students are bullied each year.
  • More than 70% of students report bullying as an ongoing problem.
  • 1 in 7 students (grades k-12) have been a victim of bullying or a bully themselves.
  • Close to 60% of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school.
  • A reported 15% of all students who don’t show up for school report it is caused by a fear of being bullied while at school. *

Our programs are designed for children, adolescents and emerging adults and families. Our programs uniquely cover identification, prevention and support.

Because youth spend a large majority of their time at school, we believe this setting is the best place to increase awareness of mental health, mental health problems and mental disorders. Our professional session leaders may work with students directly, or they can be engaged to train service providers to lead our programs. These options broaden our reach and create sustainable knowledge to continue our education in the institutions that invest in our training. To date we have served more than 9,000 students and parents in neighborhoods across the Chicago metropolitan area.

Our Approach

  • We employ a holistic approach to mental health education that considers all aspects of a student’s environment including offering sessions for parents, teachers and school administrators.
  • We focus on prevention, the most impactful area with teens and adolescents.
  • Our funding sources are diverse, without our students’ identities.
  • Our curriculum can help teachers gain Continuing Professional Development Units when they attend our training.
  • We train professionals to reach youth and families, or work directly with youth and families, providing sustainable knowledge or immediate delivery of programs for our communities.
  • Our curriculum is the only program to provide both a prevention plan and education on brain health.
  • We provide custom programming options to funding restrictions or school-­wide application.

* Source: US Department of Health and Human Services