Shaping Healthy Minds

How My Mental Health Journey Has Impacted My Teaching


  • Haley L Gullion Missouri State University


mental health, elementary, stigma


This qualitative study examined the impact that mental health education for all students has on students’ stigmas surrounding mental illness. The currere method was used to study the impact a series of four mental health awareness lessons had on the teacher administering them and the students in her class. Positive changes were observed, including increased usage of school counselor resources and increased communication regarding feelings and emotions between peers and with the classroom teacher.


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