Typical or Troubled?®

School Mental Health Education Program

While adolescence is a difficult time for many students, there is a real difference between “typical” and “troubled”. Training teachers, administrators and coaches to recognize the difference can better their students' lives.

Mental health problems in students are real, may be painful and, if left untreated, can have serious, life changing consequences. Early recognition, intervention and treatment of mental disorders make a positive and lasting difference in an adolescent's life.

For more than 10 years the Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Program has equipped teachers, coaches and school personnel with the knowledge needed to recognize the warning signs of mental health problems and what course of action to take in addressing potential issues.

The Typical or Troubled?® program provides education on:

  • Early identification of mental health problems,

  • How to talk to the student showing signs and their parents, and

  • How to appropriately refer a student to treatment and services.

Note: We are currently in the process of overhauling our curriculum and have suspended the grantee program for 2017-2018. The updated program will launch in Fall 2018. Please check back in Fall 2018 for more information.

Since 2006, Typical or Troubled?® has been successfully implemented in these cities across America:

See Participating Cities

Typical or Troubled?® Program Contacts

Christopher Seeley, MSW
Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives

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