Bringing emotional, physical, and mental health awareness and advocacy to students

Hope is such a valuable opportunity for our students, helping to develop skills that can have a lifelong impact on both their physical and mental health.– Dr. Kathryn Soe, Riley Hospital for Children

Hope is Joseph Maley Foundation’s social-emotional learning program. This program builds awareness of the importance of mental health and empowers youth to become advocates for the health and well-being of themselves and their peers. 

Hope is a developmentally-appropriate, standards-based curriculum for students in preKindergarten through eighth grade. Developed by our team of educators and counselors, this program educates youth through a unique and engaging curriculum that is revised annually. 

Signature elements include interactive puppet shows, children’s literature read-alouds, mindfulness activities, Joseph Maley Foundation speakers, and hands-on lessons. Grade level focuses include “Everyone Has Feelings,” “You Are Not Alone,” “The Mind-Body Connection,” and “How to Be Mentally-Strong.”

Professional development opportunities for educators and presentations for families are also available to enrich programming.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Finds some tips below for how to keep mental health a priority in your home.

  • Create a schedule and stick with it
    • Children thrive when they know what to expect.
    • Routines help kids develop self-regulation skills, a building block of mental health
    • Schedules foster a sense of autonomy and independence for children. This helps them feel more confident in themselves.
    • Rituals such as “Taco Tuesday” or “Friday Movie Night” can also prompt healthy family relationships and positive connections.
  • Prioritize YOUR mental health
    • As parents and caregivers, we have to take care of ourselves first.
    • Be open and share what is going on with you.
    • Let your kids know when you’re feeling anxious about things in your daily life, like a work presentation. Let them see you ask for help from a friend when you need it.
    • This can help remove the stigma associated with talking about mental health and let kids know that it is okay to share their feelings too.
    • Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish, but rather, it is vital. By prioritizing your mental health, you teach your kids that mental health matters.
  • Utilize local resources
    • Take advantage of local mental health resources and activities to promote healthy living

For more information please contact our Director of Education, Erica Christie (erica@josephmaley.org).

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