Understanding Mental Wellness 

Free Mental Health Curriculum 

Interactive Lessons for Middle & High School Students


EVERFI’s Understanding Mental Wellness is the first comprehensive, no-cost digital program designed to help educators foster mental health in their classrooms and equip students with lifelong mental wellness skills. The 5 self-paced digital lessons can be easily integrated into any classroom setting.

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If you're an Elementary educator, we'll send you grade-level appropriate access to The Compassion Project.

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Introduction to Mental Health

This course speaks positively to all students about their own mental wellness, including the impact of stress, the influence the brain has on each person, and the impact our environment can have on our mental health.

Understanding Mental Health Disorders

Students are introduced to the concept of balancing emotions, thoughts, and behaviors regardless of the severity, and explore choices that may help them reduce the severity of symptoms.

Mental Health Coping Skills

Students are introduced to how thoughts, behaviors, and emotions influence each other in positive and negative ways. They also practice coping strategies and learn to turn a negative cycle into a positive one.

Staying Healthy in Times of Uncertainty

Students learn the ways that changes outside of our control impact mental health. Students will understand basic human needs, the importance of resiliency, and coping strategies specific to times of change and uncertainty.

Seeking and Offering Help

This lesson teaches learners to identify when they or a peer may need help for their mental health, how to get help and what to expect when seeking treatment.

Creating a Supportive Mental Health Plan

Students are introduced to the topic of mental distress and the ways in which they can implement coping strategies to manage their own challenging thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students will also learn how to support friends and family who may be struggling, how to recognize when to seek help, and how to access appropriate resources.

Preparing Students for Mental Health & Wellness

Interactive & digestible modules aligned to National Health Education Standards (NHES).

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Relationship Skills
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

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How does Understanding Mental Wellness align with my curriculum?

EVERFI has built a network of partners and sponsors who help fund Understanding Mental Wellness for your school or district. Through multi-year commitments, EVERFI partners give teachers and administrators the assurance that programming can be launched at scale and even written into curriculum.

Understanding Mental Wellness' lessons are aligned to National Health Education Standards (NHES), State Academic Health Standards, and CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Competencies. EVERFI provides comprehensive curriculum guides and standards alignment guides to help you plan for implementation.

*No-Cost Digital Lessons*

Understanding Mental Wellness Course Overview

Target Students 

Grades 8-10


Mental Health, Healthy Coping Skills, Advocacy Skills


25 Minutes/ Activity 1 Hours Total