Whenever we are faced with a serious threat to health, be it polio, yellow fever, ebola, AIDS; prevention is one of the essential first responses. When one in five children in the U.S. will experience a diagnosable mental illness before reaching adulthood, and when suicide is by far the leading illness related cause of death among youth between the ages of 11-25; school-based mental health education is just common sense. Red Flags is committed to the proposition that mental health education can be simple, brief, flexible, inexpensive, and effective.
Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, recently confirmed that mental illnesses are childhood onset disorders. (NAMI National Conference 2014) Early intervention not only offers students the best chance for a quick recovery, it offers schools the chance to do what they were established to do: help kids learn.