Skip to main content Skip to navigation
We care about your privacy. Read about your rights and how we protect your data. Get Details

Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Children’s National Hospital Brings Digital Mental Wellness Course to Middle and High School Students in Washington, D.C.

Local students to receive mental wellness course on behalf of Children's National Hospital May 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – Children’s National Hospital today announced the launch of an interactive mental wellness digital course for middle and high school students enrolled in Washington, D.C., public and public charter schools. Mental Wellness Basics will be offered at no cost and will be made available through a partnership with EverFI, Inc., a leading education technology innovator. 

“The partnership with EverFI is in response to our community defined health needs that include health literacy and mental health,” said Tonya Vidal Kinlow, M.P.A., vice president of Community Engagement, Advocacy and Government Affairs at Children’s National. “Together, we are offering an accessible mental health and wellness resource to support our youth and families.”

“The mental health of children and teenagers is more important than ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All youth should have access to information and strategies to support their mental health and wellness,” said Olivia Soutullo, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist at Children’s National. “We are happy to partner with EverFI, Inc. to provide an online resource that teens can use with the support of their schools to learn about these topics and build healthy coping skills.” 

The Mental Wellness Basics course offers educators proven and effective learning tools to promote meaningful conversations that can lead to lifelong health and wellness. The course is designed to equip students in grades eight through 10 with the knowledge and necessary skills to build, maintain and promote positive mental health in themselves and in their peers. 

“It is critical to approach the challenge of mental health awareness from all perspectives,” said Jon Chapman, EverFI, Inc. co-founder and president of Global Partnerships. “We wanted to design a program that benefits those who are impacted by mental health challenges, those who want to build and maintain positive mental health, and those who have the opportunity to positively impact the mental health of a friend or a peer.”

Stigma about mental illness can often result in misunderstandings, discrimination and treatment avoidance. The course will provide learners with accurate information about mental health disorders, the sharing of peer experiences with mental health concerns, healthy coping strategies and local resources that are available. 

“The effects of COVID-19 are felt by every resident in the district. This is particularly true for our students who have had to adapt to significant changes. As part of our collective effort to support the whole student, programs that normalize mental health discussions and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness are central to addressing trauma and getting back to normal,” said Hanseul Kang, D.C. state superintendent of Education.

Washington, D.C., public and public charter schools interested in offering this free resource can email Teagan Seeley, senior schools manager at EverFI.

Media contact:  | 850-212-5342 | 202-476-4500


About EVERFI

EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 41 million learners globally. EVERFI powers community engagement in a sustained manner to empower individuals and organizations to make an impact within their communities.  The Company also convenes Networks to bring together financial institutions, colleges and universities, and some of the largest corporations to leverage insights and connections to drive impact. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance Publications, Rethink Education and Rethink Impact. To learn more about EVERFI visit everfi.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI


About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, 150 years stronger, it is the nation’s No. 6 children’s hospital. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the third straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, construction will be complete on the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children's National has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

For more information, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

Latest Tweets

Follow