“OMM helps me feel less alienated”

19-20 program report

Our Minds Matter is an upstream suicide prevention model based on resiliency research and the power of peer-to-peer influence amongst adolescents. OMM took priorities from the Jed Foundation’s Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in High Schools to inform program development. Specifically, OMM seeks to improve four outcome areas in student participants that are proven to decrease the risk of suicide:

Additionally, OMM curriculum addresses the CASEL Core SEL competencies: self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. If you’re interested in offering Our Minds Matter programming to complement your current SEL curriculum for grades 8-12, learn more here.

Since 2018 OMM has been working with Promote Care & Prevent Harm (PCPH), a nonprofit organization researching promotion/prevention science and developing youth-led change programs for schools and community partners. The PCPH team has supported Our Minds Matter with conceptual models, training curricula, and program evaluation.

View OMM’s program evaluation studies below.

In this study, we surveyed OMM student members and leaders at the start and end of the 2019 – 2020 school year on its four outcome areas. Participants scored higher at posttest on positive coping and perception of resource awareness in comparison to their pretest scores. This study provides some evidence for the positive impact of the Our Minds Matter program on two of the four outcomes. These results should be interpreted with caution given the small sample size (n=50), limitations associated with the research design (e.g., no control group) and the context of the COVID-19 crisis during the second assessment period.

Access the 2019-2020 OMM Outcome Evaluation Study here.

 

Youth-led change occurs when student leaders engage in prosocial behaviors that benefit their peers. Yet, few studies have explored the factors associated with youth leadership and diverse prosocial behaviors (dyadic and school-wide). The Our Minds Matter program aims to increase the frequency of prosocial behaviors by its club members and leaders.

This study examined how peer influence and leader role (as a member or club leader) among 220 high school students in the Our Minds Matter program related to the frequency of prosocial behaviors directed toward peers at school and the support of school-wide campaigns to promote wellness and prevent mental health stigma. Results showed peer prosocial influence is related to the amount of support for school-wide campaigns irrespective of leader role (member or leader).

The primary research questions would be better answered with a longitudinal study using multiple time points with consideration for youth developmental change and the school calendar year.

Access the Fall 2019 study on prosocial behaviors of OMM participants here.