Bring Change 2 Mind Comes to Cincinnati

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1N5, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and MindPeace, brought representatives from Bring Change 2 Mind to Cincinnati Children’s Oak Campus to educate area teachers and school administrators on this student-led high school club platform that addresses peer to peer mental health.

Program Manager, Leanne Loughran, presented information on Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), a national non-profit with the mission of ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. BC2M launched its high school club initiative in fall 2015, in an effort to provide an evidence-based resource for teens in the school environment.

BC2M’s approach starts with the teen perspective. Through student-led high school clubs, BC2M provides a platform from which the teen voice can finally be heard. With educated conversation around mental illness, we can change perceptions early on and demystify a topic that impacts so many young individuals, either directly through their own experience or indirectly through the experience of family members or friends.

HOW IT WORKS:

BC2M headquarters will provide participating high schools with a range of resources that will help you launch and develop your BC2M club. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Access to the BC2M club portal where you’ll find our club guidebook, discussion and activity ideas, and photos from club events
  • A $500 grant to help fund activities related to the BC2M mission
  • Club swag to help unify your BC2M members and highlight the presence of the club on campus
  • Speakers to present at club or school-wide events
  • One-year, free subscription to the Headspace mediation app (valued at $145)
  • Weekly newsletter with program updates and information, as well as notifications of events, activities, and trainings.

THE RESEARCH:

Building from preliminary research, BC2M partnered with an outstanding research team from UC Berkeley to further assess and confirm the effectiveness and overall impact of the BC2

M pilot program. Leading this in-depth evaluation were world- renowned researchers and experts in their fields; Dr. Stephen Hinshaw from the University of California, Berkeley and Bennett Leventhal M.D from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. The results from this two-year study can be found at https://goo.gl/zvihvV.

Since it’s launch in 2015, BringChange2Mind peer-to-peer high school program as made a huge impact. See more on the growth and impact this program has made in both public, private, and charter schools since 2015 in the BC2M IMPACT REPORT.

If you’re interested in learning more about this program and how it can benefit your school, please contact nancy_miller@1N5.org.