Mental Health and Related Instruction

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Curriculum & Assessment, General Information, Important Dates

The Florida Board of Education requires that every student in grades 6- 12 receive at least 300 minutes of mental and emotional health instruction every year in a progressive manner. The following topics must be addressed during these lessons:

(a) Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders; (b) Prevention of mental health disorders; (c) Mental health awareness and assistance; (d) How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders; (e) Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources; (f) The process for accessing treatment; (g) Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques; (h) Strategies to support a peer, friend, or family member with a mental health disorder; (i) Prevention of suicide; and (j) Prevention of the abuse and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs. It is important to note and reiterate that this requirement is mandated by the Florida State Board of Education, and these lessons will be presented to all secondary students in our district.

At WBMS, all training related to these requirements will be presented through Science classes. Make-Up dates will be scheduled as needed. This training is mandatory, by law, for all students. The trainings will be held on the following dates.

  • 6th and 8th Grade: March 2-6 and 9-12
  • 7th Grade: March 9-12 and March 23-27

To see the content of the Mental Health training, use your student’s log in information to log into ClassLink via the school’s web site. Once in ClassLink, find the Suite360 icon. Click here, and you will be able to view the course. 

For more information, refer to the following documents.