Salt Lake City, UT—This month, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium with former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Congressman Chris Stewart, Huntsman Foundation President David Huntsman, and social health advocates Heidi Swapp and David Kozlowski to highlight innovative solutions to our nation’s mental health crisis. One of these solutions is to make mental health education a core part of K-12 curriculum in an effort to curb rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide among America’s youth.
In an op-ed published yesterday in Deseret News, Heidi Swapp and David Kozlowski drew attention to the positive impact a new social health curriculum could have on Utah schools. And in an op-ed published this week by The Salt Lake Tribune, Hatch Foundation Executive Director Matt Sandgren outlined the benefits of folding a similar program into the curriculum of schools across the country. To learn more about mental health education and the attention it has gained from federal policymakers, read Sandgren’s full op-ed here.