George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

  • Teaching Survivors of the Opioid Epidemic

    Students’ personal experiences with the opioid crisis serve as powerful catalysts for a change-driven curriculum.
    Christy Ford
  • Helping Students Beat Test Anxiety

    Fear of failure can prevent students from showing what they know on big tests—but a 10-minute writing exercise can help.
  • Responding to Students With Addiction

    Supporting students with drug and alcohol dependency isn’t easy—but some strategies are more helpful than others.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
    Emelina Minero
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
  • The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
  • Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.
  • Addressing Persistent Defiance

    Any student may refuse to cooperate at times, but handling students with oppositional defiant disorder requires that teachers have a plan.
  • Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

    Years of research prompt a group of scientists to ask whether we should rethink the way we do school.
  • Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma

    De-escalation strategies can help prevent students’ emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one.
  • Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

    A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.
  • Helping High Schoolers Manage Emotions

    De-escalation spaces allow students to leave stressful situations or interactions so they can process their emotions and then return to learning.