The TryHealth curriculum guide acts as a supplement to the Health Education courses taught in MA public schools.
The class meets the MA Comprehensive Health Education standards while broadening students' knowledge on mental health and emotional wellbeing. TryHealth provides students with tools necessary to cope with stress and mental illness within themselves, others and their community.
What's the difference?
TryHealth vs. Health Education
Formerly known as "Mental Health Promotion", TryHealth is a course designed to deepen students’ understanding of mental illness in their society and the positive influence mental health has on physical health and wellness. The class teaches about mental health, mental illness, teenage brain development, stress management, physical health, violence prevention, ecological and community health, and mental illness stigma in society today. Students will be able to implement healthy coping mechanisms and develop an awareness of personal wellness in their lives. The authors of TryHealth encourage students to recognize emotional and physical signs of mental illness, build healthy interpersonal relationships and reduce the social distance created by negative perceptions of individuals with mental illness. Students will be able to open lines of communication within their own lives, homes and communities and will be provided with resources that teach self-advocacy
Health Education provides a foundation of accurate information about personal wellness, human physiology, and physical, mental and social well-being. From this, students are able to recognize positive attitudes toward healthful living and identifying behaviors that promote, maintain, or even improve their lives-today and in the future. We encourage students to take responsibility for personal decision regarding health and for making healthful choices that will enhance the quality of their own lives, their families, their school, and community.