Blue Cross and Blue Shield program stresses mental wellness in students

Phil Drake

Students at Montana City School participated in a program designed to help educators foster mental wellness in their classrooms and equip students with lifelong mental wellness skills.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has provided Mental Wellness Basics for free to schools and students across the state, with officials noting mental health is one of the most important local and national health issues.

Since launching in 2018, Mental Wellness Basics has been used by nearly 1,500 students at 34 schools in Montana.

The four self-paced digital lessons (Mental Health Basics, Understanding Mental Health Disorders, Healthy Coping Skills and Getting Help) are designed to be easily integrated into any classroom.

The course content meets school standards and aligns with the National Health Education Standards.

Blue Cross officials were at the school Wednesday to meet with eighth grade students and put them through a few drills in the Mental Wellness Basics course.

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