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The LTY Foundation continues to make a contribution to changing the story around mental health in schools, organizations and communities through the educational awareness and wellness programs listed below.  In 2018, over 2,000 people participated in our programs.  We provided weekly student group sessions, focusing on mental wellness, in 10 Atlanta area schools. 


 MIND – Mental Health Education and Awareness Program

What is MIND? Making Informed Decisions About Mental Health is a signature program of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation primarily offered in Atlanta area K-12 schools.  

It is based on recommendations from the Child Trends policy brief and report, “Are the Children Well?  A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation’s Young People.”  MIND shifts the focus from mental illness to wellness as a resource that helps people grow and flourish. The program design is: 

  • Based on brain and behavior science research.

  • Informed by evidence based mental health studies.

  • Encouraging honest conversations and active engagement.


NEICB- Emotional & Resilience Training program

Needs, Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavior (NEICB) model is an empowerment and resilience training series developed by Clinical Mental Health Consultant and Facilitator, Stephanie Johnson. Based on validated psychological principles and techniques of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, and the Cognitive-Behavioral model, NEICB, teaches participants how to practice healthy coping strategies in their lives for overall mental wellness. The objectives of the training are to: 

  • Educate participants on hierarchy of needs and how basic human needs drive our behavior.

  • Teach participants the primary components of emotional intelligence and demonstrate techniques to improve self-awareness of others, and awareness of one's environment.

  • Demonstrate how thoughts and feelings influence behavior and how the application of cognitive-behavioral coping techniques in daily life circumstances enhances resiliency.

youth mental health first aid

YMHFA is a nationally recognized program listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of evidence-based programs and practices. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.


YMHFA teaches:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.

  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance abuse.

  • A 5-Step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.

  • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Contact us and schedule training for your school and parents today. Together, we can create meaningful change.