Youth/School Groups


School groups are encouraged to join us online for Mental Health Matters Days. This week’s activities are a great opportunity for school clubs, government classes, PTA groups, and other education stakeholders. MHANYS staff will be assigned to each group to help you navigate the many opportunities throughout the week and plan your advocacy activities for a meaningful and educational experience.

Want to learn more?

Visit our Legislative Action Community for a series of videos.
Public Policy:  What is it?
Advocacy Part I:  the Importance of Your Voice
Advocacy Part II:  How to be an Advocate
The videos can be viewed alone or as a part of our lesson plans below.  Build confidence among students as they prepare to participate in grassroots advocacy and put education into action. Use the Let’s Build Your Advocacy Backpack fillable handout to keep notes!

Use our lesson plans to educate your students:
Our lesson plans introduce students to key terms, the various levels of government and explore the importance of public policy to address societal concerns through a relevant case study. Lessons can be used in Government classes or to prepare students to participate in Mental Health Matters Days.

Use our School Toolkit to help plan for Mental Health Matters Advocacy Days:
Our School Toolkit provides groups with everything they need to know to raise awareness about mental health issues in their school community and prepare for participation in Mental Health Advocacy Days, including talking points and resources. Here is the Advocacy Dos and Don’ts document referenced in the School Toolkit.

To learn more about the impact of the MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center visit


We look forward to advocating with you on MHANYS Mental Health Matters Advocacy Days.
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