1 in 5 children struggle with mental health issues. At ICEF, we are committed to giving students the tools they need to understand and improve their mental health.
In 2018, ICEF launched a mental wellness program created by researchers at Harvard University for predominantly African-American and Latino communities called Embrace The Mind: A Mental Wellness Initiative at ICEF Public Schools.
Our mission is threefold: to offer education on the science behind brain development and mental health, to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and to equip students, teachers, and families with the tools to build mental wellness.
Students now have the opportunity to learn about mental health, reflect on their personal strengths, and practice calming activities like mindfulness meditation. Teachers, parents, and caregivers will also learn about how to support students' mental health and engage in stress-reduction strategies with the students on campus throughout the school year.