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UnityPoint to sponsor mental wellness education

DES MOINES — UnityPoint Health has announced it is launching a new mental wellness program for middle and high school students in Iowa and Illinois. The interactive digital course, called Mental Wellness Basics, will equip students in grades eight through 10 with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, maintain and promote positive mental health in themselves and their peers.

According to NAMI, one in six U.S. youth (age six to 17) experience a mental health disorder each year. Mental Wellness Basics provides students with opportunities to explore their own mental health, identify challenges they may face and develop concrete strategies for managing those challenges. The course also increases students’ awareness of resources, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and language necessary to identify and support a peer in need or at risk. The program is provided at no cost to students, educators or schools.

“Mental health is crucial to total health and wellness, especially in our young people,” said Sabra Rosener, vice president, government and external affairs, UnityPoint Health. “With this program, we can make a positive and lasting impact on teens while at the same time directly addressing a major public health need that was identified by nearly all of our communities.”