A student-led club dedicated to mental health conversations.

Bring Change to Mind’s high school program gives teens a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Our goal is to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within their schools. Together, we’ll fight the stigma around mental illness.

A student-led club dedicated to mental health conversations.

Bring Change to Mind’s high school program gives teens a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Our goal is to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within their schools. Together, we’ll fight the stigma around mental illness.

Why does mental health matter to teens?

50% of mental illnesses begin
before the age of 14.

It could take 8 to 10 years between the onset of mental illness symptoms and receiving actual treatment.

2nd

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24.

Join the movement

Thousands of students are involved across the country. Here are our participation numbers for the 2017-2018 school year.

*Updated at the beginning of every school year

2000

Students Participating

100

Schools Participating

Start Your Own club

Through this student-led club initiative, we help to erase the stigma of mental illness by increasing awareness and education, fostering student empowerment, building mentoring opportunities and encouraging youth to challenge the misconceptions that so commonly surround mental health conditions. This is a big responsibility, but one that can help accelerate positive change within your community!

Interested in starting a chapter at your school?
Great! Here’s what we’ll provide:

  • An annual $500 grant for group activities
  • Educational and promotional materials
  • Mental health trainings and learning opportunities
  • Invitation to an annual student summit in which all club members come together to hear from leaders in the field of mental illness and share their club stories with each other
  • Arrangements for speakers to come to club meetings or school presentations.
  • Invitations to upcoming events in your area.

Becoming part of this movement is exciting and rewarding but we want to ensure the club program is a good fit for your school community. Please review the Terms of Agreement to learn more about what is necessary to start a BC2M club at your high school.

If, upon reading the club requirements, you would like to continue with the registration process, please fill out and submit the High School Program Application.  A BC2M staff person will respond with the next steps within 5 business days.

The High School Program staff is here to assist you. If you have any questions or need additional information please email highschool@bringchange2mind.org.

Please note: For the 2017-2018 school year, the High School Program is only able to accept applications from high schools located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area. We hope to soon offer this program nationally but for now, if your school is within these regions and you are interested in starting a BC2M club, please contact highschool@bringchange2mind.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the BC2M High School Program work?

The High School Program works from the teen perspective up by providing a platform from which the teen voice, with their opinions and suggestions, can finally be heard. These student-led clubs create a space for educated conversation around mental illness; to change perceptions early on and to demystify a topic that affects so many young individuals, either directly through their own experience or indirectly through a family members or friends’ experience.

Once your club has formed, you can schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings to talk about mental health and wellness on your campus. From these discussions, you will then plan events and activities to engage the wider school community and to create ripples of change in how mental health is talked about and perceived by your peers.

BC2M Headquarters will provide you with all the necessary materials and resources required to launch and develop your group. This includes:

  • A club guidebook with detailed club information and a range of discussion and activity ideas
  • Club leaflets
  • Branded swag to help unify the High School Program members and to highlight their club’s presence on campus
  • Bi-weekly newsletter that provides program updates and information as well as notifications of local events, activities, and trainings
  • A $500 grant to help fund activities related to the High School Program mission
  • Ideas for community events and activities
  • BC2M HQ works with each club to organize mental health trainings and speakers that are of interest to the students

Why should I join the BC2M High School Club or launch one at my school?

  • The High School Program enables prevention and early intervention by helping students talk about mental illness today, to prevent crises later
  • Your club will receive a $500 grant for the purpose of funding activities related to increasing mental health awareness and improving your school climate.
  • You will be invited to the Annual BC2M HS Student Summit, at which club members come together to hear from leaders in the field of mental health, to share their club’s successes and to action-plan for the year ahead.
  • The BC2M HQ will arrange for speakers to come to club meetings or school presentations
  • You will gain access to a wide network of students who share your passion for mental health and wellness.
  • You will have numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Your club will be frequently informed about mental health trainings and educational opportunities happening in your area.

Is the BC2M High School club program evidence-based?

Building from preliminary research, BC2M has partnered with an outstanding research team from the University of California, Berkeley to further assess and confirm the effectiveness and overall impact of the High School Program pilot program. Leading this in-depth evaluation are the world-renowned researchers, and experts in their fields, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Bennett Leventhal, M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

The research concluded in the Spring of 2017. Results from this investigation will be available Fall 2017. Stay tuned!

Why is the BC2M High School club program important?

1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives. 50% of these mental health disorders will begin before the age of 14, and 75% before the age of 24. There are effective treatments available for mental illness, but nearly ⅔ of people living with a diagnosis do not seek help from a health professional because of stigma and discrimination. BC2M is working to change the unacceptable fact that cultural misinformation and bias is preventing millions of people from leading full and successful lives.

Communities, schools, and governments are gradually recognizing the impact of mental illness on today’s youth, as shown by funding for mental health services and early intervention initiatives. However, in the growing efforts to improve these services, the most important voice in changing the next generation’s relationship with mental health is often being lost.

Through a novel framework, the High School Program empowers teens to become catalysts of change. Students decide how to tackle these issues in a way that is relevant to them, their peers, and their community. In this nontraditional, youth-focused approach, these clubs encourage teens to utilize their creativity and passion, as well as their crowdsourcing skills to achieve the goal of normalizing the conversation around mental health. The BC2M High School Program was founded to address the reality that adolescence is a critical window to raise mental health awareness and combat cultural misinformation.

Is BC2M a support group for teens with mental illness?

BC2M High School clubs are not support groups nor are they a form of therapy. Every high school student, no matter their relationship or knowledge of mental illness, is welcome to join the club and the BC2M student movement. As an organization, we strive to encourage our clubs to create inclusive communities, where issues regarding mental illness and stigma within communities can be talked about openly and honestly.

Students seeking clinical help should be referred to your school’s counselor or social worker, or to other resources such as the ones listed below:
Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255

I am concerned about a friend. How can I get him/her/them help?

Having a bad day is normal and happens to everyone. However, when these bad days turn into bad weeks or bad months and you notice significant changes in your friend’s behavior or personality, it may be a sign of a larger problem.

Initially, one of the most important things you can do is to show love and concern for your friend and let them know you’re always there to support them in whatever ways are necessary. If you believe your friend requires additional help or you feel overwhelmed in anyway about the situation, trust your gut and do not hesitate to speak to an adult who can help. This may be a school counselor, a teacher, or a parent/guardian. Speaking up shows that you truly care and can help your friend access the support they need and deserve.

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