"The kids just love doing it." School principal Trevor Buchanan, who has been a principal for 11 years, said he was seeing more emphasis placed on mental health in schools."Mental health is becoming a bigger push from a departmental level and a system as a whole, with our well-being frameworks being implemented in schools across the state," Mr Buchanan said.A cornerstone of Project LAUNCH is the federal-level partnership between SAMHSA, the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Click here to view the national Project LAUNCH Briefing Sheet.The population of focus is children ages birth to 8.The goal is for all children to enter school with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills they need to succeed."When they're in that emotional state of being nervous, anxious or angry they can't learn.
The program by Smiling Minds implemented at the primary school, is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum, addressing social and emotional learning capabilities.For more information about Alabama Project LAUNCH at the state level, please call toll-free 1-866-711-4025 or email [email protected] information about Alabama Project LAUNCH in Tuscaloosa, please contact Amy Crosby by calling 205-348-4036 or by emailing [email protected] said the process not only allowed students to be mindful of their mental well-being, but taught them gratitude, empathy and curiosity.She said the program had received positive feedback from the students.
"There is a greater acknowledgement around the research and science that sits behind well-being, so it's no longer seen as an alternative type of activity.