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MentalED is a set of documents of use in Grade 7 and 8 classes, to teach students mental health concepts from the bottom-up, including information on the biological, psychological and sociological causes of mental illness. Information on some specific mental health illnesses is also presented. 

MentalED was developed in tandem integrating existing literature and educator experience to craft these documents. By providing educators free access to these documents, it is hoped their adoption into classrooms will occur, and that educators will feel comfortable speaking to their students about these important topics.

Using appropriate language, we hope to reduce stigma around mental health and mental health illnesses, and we hope that student knowledge around mental health concepts will increase.

MentalED is not currently peer-reviewed, and it has not been reviewed by mental health professionals. As mentalED continues to be developed, we hope to formally test it in classrooms and publish the results of these findings. 

MentalED was developed by Colin Whaley, and undergraduate Honours Science student at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of James Wallace, PhD, from the School of Public Health and Health Systems, where he leads the IDEA Lab

Sources for the content covered in our documents can be found in their respective References sections.

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MentalED has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. That means you can edit and change mentalED's content, but you need let others know that the content was originally made by us but that we don't endorse your version. As well, anything you make derived form our content must be released with to the same licence, and you can't sell anything you make derived from our work. 

Some of the images used have different liscences. See the image references before republishing the images.