MBF Mental Health Matters

MBF Mental Health Matters, provided by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, are supplemental lessons for MBF Child Safety Matters® and MBF Teen Safety Matters® that address Mental and Emotional Health and Substance Use and Abuse.

MBF Mental Health Matters was created to assist Florida schools with meeting the Florida Department of Education Mental and Emotional Health and Substance Use and Abuse education requirements. The lessons were designed to be presented to students following the two school-based lessons in each program that currently meet the Florida DOE Child Trafficking Prevention Education Rule.

The MBF Mental Health Matters lessons follow the same familiar format and are practical and easy to implement using turnkey scripts and PowerPoints. They are developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed, and include the same MBF 5 Safety Rules© to educate and empower students to maintain consistent messaging.

Helps Schools Meet Statute/Policy Requirements

  • Helps schools meet many required mental health and substance abuse prevention requirements
  • Aligned with many Common Core Education Standards
  • Helps schools meet many required Health Instruction Standards
  • Aligned with American School Counselor Association’s Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success

Lesson Topics

MBF Mental Health Matters (Grades K-5):

    • Mental Health and Wellness
    • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Choices
    • Coping Skills
    • Introduction to Substances
    • Refusal Skills
    • Help and Resources

MBF Mental Health Matters (Grades 6-12):

Lesson 1
    • Mental Illness
    • Reducing Stigma
    • Mental Health and Wellness
    • Coping Skills and Resilience
Lesson 2
    • Substance Use/Abuse
    • The Effects of Drugs
    • Refusal Skills
    • Help and Resources
Lesson 3
    • Self-Harm
    • Suicide
    • Help and Resources

Reinforcement Materials

Digital access to all curriculum materials and additional reinforcement materials for students, parents, classrooms, and schools are available via the password-protected Facilitator Portal, including:

    • Facilitator scripts and turnkey lesson PowerPoints
    • Class Notes Sheets for lessons
    • Parent Information Sheets
    • Safety Checks (pre- and post-tests, instructions, and answer keys)
    • Safety Briefs for administrators, teachers, and school staff/PTA

Pricing and Ordering

MBF Mental Health Matters lessons are currently available for download from the Facilitator Portal by MBF Facilitators. If you are not currently using MBF programs,  you can place an order by selecting “SHOP” at the top-right of the page.

*Materials are provided at no cost to Florida public schools and organizations partnering with
Florida public schools through a generous appropriation from the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
To order materials for Florida public schools, please click here.


What They're Saying...

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

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