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Všech pět pohromadě is an education program based on principles of social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health literacy (MHL). The curriculum consists of 18 quality lesson plans for grade 6 students and is designed to be delivered by trained teachers. The content is designed to meet the developmental needs of 10-12 years old students.

Evidence-based

There is robust evidence showing that social and emotional learning (SEL) is foundational to well-being, leading to improved attitudes about self, others, and school, increased prosocial behaviours, improved academic performance, and serve as a protective factor against conducting and internalizing problems and subsequent problems. MHL provides the necessary foundation for mental health promotion, prevention and care and has been shown to decrease stigma and facilitate help-seeking behaviours and early identification of mental health problems. The High Five curriculum was developed, piloted, and revised over 2+ years of formative research working towards feasibility, acceptability, and sustainability of the program across diverse contexts.

Collaborative

High five was developed by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health working group, department of public mental health at the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic. Stakeholders were involved in drafting project aims and objectives, strategic planning, implementation, piloting of the teacher training and lesson plans, and revising of the program. The curriculum and teacher training has been developed in cooperation with experts in child and adolescent mental health and further revised according to stakeholder feedback and suggestions provided by piloting teachers.

Positive

High Five was developed and intends to operate in alignment within Positive Youth Development (PYD), which supports young people in developing their full potential, and building resilience, and focusing on human strengths and potentials. The program curriculum, teacher training, and manual are developed with PYD at the core of the content – aiming to focus on the positives in both teachers and students to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Sustainable

This program was developed to be integrated in diverse cultural, structural, and school contexts. It is best to implement the curriculum within a subject that meets these criteria. High Five encourages and supports schools and teachers towards ensuring successful implementation by providing context specific instructions and resources to inform of the curriculum within the appropriate educational framework.

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15 year-old girls and 13% of 15 year-old boys reported “feeling low” more than once a week
1 in 5 children aged 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness
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of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24