New York: First State to Require Mental Health Education in Schools
New York's Mental Health initiative will boost mental health literacy and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness while teaching students to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and places to turn for help.
Fran's take: This is consistent with our mission to improve mental health education, strike out stigma and increase rates of people seeking help! To find out how we can help you with mental health education, email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
InterACT Actor Spotlight:
Jacob is a teacher, graduate student, actor, and artist. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has performed across 36 states, and in theaters throughout New York City. Jacob teaches and facilitates workshops for educators, camps and youth groups.
Jacob enjoys watching the social and emotional impact that InterACT performances and discussions have on audiences. "I see theatre being used to affect change in people, which is really what any actor hopes to do through their performance."
About InterACT: How does this work?
School/agency/camp/youth group administrator contacts InterACT NY
Topics and scenarios are chosen by school/agency/camp/youth group
Scenarios are performed by trained InterACT actors
Interactive discussions are led by mental health expert following each scenario
Audience members are coached to interact with actors as they remain in character
Wrap-up is provided by mental health expert at the conclusion of the program
What is InterACT New York?
InterACT New York is a unique education and training program founded by Fran Mendelowitz, LCSW. It utilizes dramatic enactments to raise awareness about challenging issues facing teens, and adults...
With master's degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Fran Mendelowitz has been facilitating groups, conducting workshops and sharing parenting and psychotherapy expertise for over 30 years. She is well-known by close to 1000 audiences for her engaging style and intelligent insights.