Stigma, fear and lack of information about mental health problems have been identified as reasons why mental health and mental illness have not adequately addressed in many schools. The Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide materials have been developed to help overcome some of these barriers.  

By providing accurate, peer-reviewed information on mental health and mental illness, and a range of interactive activities, the guide can help teachers deliver crucial information in a way that engages and challenges youth.

Many of the curriculum guidelines for senior-level courses in Health and Physical Education contain explicit requirements for mental health education. The Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide provides teachers with a user and student-friendly way of meeting the learning objectives and curriculum requirements.