School Education Programs

NAMI NJ School Education Programs goals are to educate children and adults about mental health and mental illness and to provide educators with knowledge and strategies that help children and teens succeed in school and lead successful lives. Its programs have been reviewed by the NJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the NJ Psychiatric Association. NAMI NJ is registered with the New Jersey Department of Education as a Provider of Professional Development Credit Hours. Since its inception, NAMI NJ School Education Programs have presented workshops throughout the state of New Jersey in private, public and charter schools, Juvenile Justice Commission Schools, NJ Department of Child and Family Services Schools, Traumatic Loss Coalition, Youth Services Commission, Boys and Girls Club, and NJEA. The “Every Mind Matters” Educator Toolkit has received the Ambassador Award from the NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma and correlates with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Health and Wellness.

Approximately 13 percent of youth ages 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment to their day-to-lives, but unfortunately only 1 in 5 receive treatment. Students living with mental illness have the highest dropout rate compared to students with other disabilities. NAMI NJ School Education Programs seek to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness and increase knowledge about mental health. To learn more about our programs: Educating the Educators (ETE) and Every Mind Matters (EMM), click on these headings or email [email protected]. Our team is preparing for exciting updates to the ETE / EMM programs to meet educators’ needs in a post-pandemic world.

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