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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Addressing Persistent Defiance

    Any student may refuse to cooperate at times, but handling students with oppositional defiant disorder requires that teachers have a plan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Started With Trauma-Informed Practices

    When teachers use strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma, all students reap the emotional and academic benefits.
  • Teaching With Trauma

    For teachers coping with adverse childhood experiences or other traumas, common classroom situations can trigger strong reactions.