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Let’s Talk about Mental Health & Trauma

Use Mind Matters to address trauma with mental health supports and SEL

The good news is that mental illness and trauma are treatable! Not only can Mind Matters expand your mental health supports and services in school, but it wil also grow students’ understanding and growth in social and emotional learning (SEL). See how the program can be used as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 SEL support in classrooms, small groups, and one-on-one settings for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

Mind Matters’  lessons teach people aged 12 and up to heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other negative experiences with innovative methods based on  current research and neuroscience. These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.


Mind Matters Minutes, is a new virtual tool for teachers and other facilitators to use with young people ages 13+ in both virtual and in-person settings. Each practice presents a skill to reduce reactivity and build resilience. The videos are ready-to-go, reducing extra work.

On-demand learning

Mind Matters Now is an on-demand learning experience that teaches the content of our Mind Matters curriculum. These self-directed, online lessons are available in the full 12-lesson series or in three shorter 4-lesson series.

Join Dixie and Carolyn in the Self-Soothing lesson from Mind Matters. You will learn and practice four self-soothing skills that you can use personally as well as share with colleagues and clients.

*Over 3,000 people have viewed this class online. You will love it live!

Support for Mind Matters

Read how a high school in Wyoming is using Mind Matters to improve mental health for their students.

See How SAFE of Columbia used Mind Matters to teach emotional regulation, healthy communication, and resiliency skills in schools.

Preliminary findings from an ongoing randomized control trial conducted at the University of Louisville on Mind Matters are now available.

The Impact

According to the Center for Disease Control, half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14 and three-quarters begin by age 24. It is a tremendous concern for young people. Listen as California’s Surgeon General – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris – explains the effects of childhood trauma.

Mental health involves the well-being of our emotional psychological, and social selves. Many factors may contribute to mental illness, including a history of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Biological factors, feelings of loneliness of isolation and more. The effects of traumatic experiences and toxic stress can often last a lifetime.

The past year has been one of increased stress and anxiety for youth and adults together. It’s time to take steps to support mental health. is offering free screening tools for children and adults to access their Adverse Childhood Experiences score (ACEs).

Audio Message from Author Carolyn Rich Curtis, PhD

Author of on-demand learning MMN