ABOUT MHM

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The Mental Wellness Center works with thousands of people every year to improve and maintain mental wellness. We offer courses and activities for teens and adults to learn and practice self-management skills for better self-regulation; and We educate youth, families, and community groups about mental health so that we can take better care of ourselves individually and as a community. We help adults with mental health disabilities meet critical and basic needs as a foundation for their wellness. • WEBSITE • 

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Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a program of the Mental Wellness Center (MWC). Originally created in 2000, it is designed to introduce basic facts about mental health to elementary, middle and high school students. The MHM course addresses three foci: (1) signs and symptoms of major mental health disorders, (2) stigma and how it affects our perceptions of mental illness and (3) wellness activities and practices. The underlying premise of MHM is that with understanding, youth will know to seek help should they or someone they know experience symptoms of a possible mental health disorder, knowing that early treatment tends to lead to better outcomes. There is evidence of a recognized need for mental health education that is grounded in the increase in requests and the ongoing success of the MHM curriculum.

Our work is now well established in the Buellton, Carpinteria, Cold Spring, Hope, Goleta Union and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts.

BRIEF HISTORY OF MHM...

  • In 2000, the Mental Wellness Center in collaboration with the Goleta Union School District developed a curriculum called the School Mental Illness Learning Experience (SMILE).
  • In 2008, the curriculum was updated and rebranded MHM. The revised curriculum was piloted in a 6th-grade classroom at El Camino Elementary in the Goleta Union School District.
  • In 2017-18, the MHM curriculum was taught in forty-eight 6th-grade classrooms, educating more than 1,200 6th graders!
  • Based on an efficacy study, conducted in eight 7th grade science classrooms, the MHM curriculum was revised and updated during the summer of 2014 to also include mental wellness, and such issues as empathy, stigma and person-first language.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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Ann Lippincott

[Chair] MWC Education Committee,
MHM Team Leader & Instructor

PhD • Retired teacher educator,
Mental Health First Aid instructor
NAMI Family-to-Family instructor

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CHRISTY MORSE

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-HS Team Coordinator,
MHM-6 instructor

Retired 6th grade teacher

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Karen Feuer

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-HS Team Coordinator,
MHM-6 Instructor

Retired stockbroker

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Susan Ayer

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

M.Ed. • Retired 6th grade teacher,
NAMI Family-to-Family instructor

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Harriet Bender

MWC Education Committee

Retired 6th grade teacher and 6th grade teacher consultant

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Jane Brody

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

MA • Retired SBCC English instructor

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Jenny Bruell

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

MA, MSW • Hope 805 co-coordinator

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Nancy Chase

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

Retired SB Symphony

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Dyana Colven

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

PsyD 

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Kathy Culbertson

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

Retired educator

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Michele Pouget-Drum

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 & HS Instructor

MFT • Hope 805 co-coordinator

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Tom Franklin

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

Retired SB County fire chief,
NAMI liaison & Family-to-Family instructor

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Sue Johnson

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-HS Instructor

PhD • Retired teacher educator, retired UCSB-Science-Math Initiative Coordinator

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Catelynn Kenner

MWC Education Committee,
MHM Research Consultant

MPH • Data Specialist

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Cynthia Manigault

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

RN • Psychiatric nurse

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Kathy Marden

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

MFT

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Mari Mender

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 & HS Instructor

RN • Psychiatric nurse 
Medical consultant
Mental Health First Aid instructor

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Zev Nathan

MWC Education Committee

PhD, MD • Psychiatrist
& Medical consultant 

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Pam Reeves

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-HS Instructor

MD • Retired psychiatrist
& Medical consultant

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Janis Spracher

MWC Education Committee,
MHM Scheduling Coordinator

6th grade teacher

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Rachael Steidl

MWC Education Committee,
MHM Website

MA • YouthWell Coalition &
Youth Wellness Connection

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Cesli Vierra

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor
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Choux Wingert

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor
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Julie Solomon

MWC Education Committee,
MHM-6 Instructor

Website designed by Rachael Steidl with support from Ann Lippincott and Christy Morse (2018),
with acknowledgment and appreciation for the many years of
foundational conceptual and creative design work by Francis Cosworth.

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