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ERIC Number: EJ811986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
MasterMind: Empower Yourself with Mental Health. A Program for Adolescents
Tacker, Katherine A.; Dobie, Sharon
Journal of School Health, v78 n1 p54-57 Jan 2008
Background: Teachers need classroom-based programs to develop and support mental health fitness in adolescents because this age group faces significant challenges to their mental health. There is a paucity of such ready-made programs. This article describes the development and proposed implementation of a low-cost, effective, adaptable, 6-week, classroom-based workshop entitled "MasterMind: Empower Yourself With Mental Health." "MasterMind" provides students with a "toolbox for mental health" by creating a safe environment for discussion of mental health and emotionally charged topics, by increasing student knowledge of mental health issues, and by providing tools to develop and maintain mental health. Instructional materials address topics identified through needs assessments. The program combines instruction and written exercises with "peer-teaching-peer" group activities, individual assignments, and open discussion. Specific methods are included to allow students to ask questions anonymously and to build each other's self-esteem. Methods: "MasterMind" was implemented as a pilot program to a Seattle, WA, middle school class of 30 students and addressed self-esteem, media literacy, school resources, relationships, emotions, stress and ways to de-stress, and future goals. Results: The students' enthusiasm and participation increased throughout the program, and they gave high satisfaction ratings to the topics covered. Additionally, the host teacher continued selected program activities after "MasterMind" was completed. Conclusions: "MasterMind" educates all students in a class, not just those with identified emotional problems, and can potentially identify children with mental health needs not already evident. The pilot program implementation of "MasterMind" shows that such programs have potential for providing adolescents with tools to optimize mental health. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington