We are proud to partner with the following programs and curriculum. Through your generous donations, student-athletes at universities and colleges across the country are receiving this critical training and having the important conversations that will lead to better mental health awareness and care.
Behind Happy Faces
Behind Happy Faces developed by Ross Szabo, rossszabo.com Behind Happy Faces is the first of its kind mental health curriculum. The program uses cutting edge educational videos and lesson plans to enhance the emotional development of young people. The lessons utilize messaging that has been tested on over 1 million people, research from leading social psychologists and content creators from the film and television industry, to engage students with this
proactive and impactful program.
The goal of the curriculum is to give students the tools they need to address mental health effectively, by providing a more complete education of mental health, understanding of brain development, teaching participants about coping mechanisms, and showing the important steps to help a friend in crisis. Behind Happy Faces uses a two-part system to teach these lessons. The program utilizes short, highly creative, engaging videos to expose students to the knowledge necessary for understanding mental health in their lives. The lesson plans that follow each video have been constructed to maximize retention and improve students’ emotional relationships to themselves and others. This system is designed to deliver information in a short timeframe, in order to meet students where they are, in the culture that they live.
Step Up!, stepupprogram.org, Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. It received a NASPA Gold award and recently was identified as a ‘Best Practice’ by the NCAA Sports Science Institute of national and international scholars.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
Thank you to our sponsors who helped bring our vision to life. We couldn’t do any of this without you.
Thank you to our program sponsors, colleges, universities and others who are working with us to break the stigma around mental illness.