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Mental Health

A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group

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Mental Health

Learn about the chemicals in the brain that impact mental health, the stigmas associated with mental health, and ways to promote mental well-being to rewrite the narrative around mental health.

Explore brain chemistry, how to care for oneself, and brain health. With unique features, including youth-generated instructional videos and tips for taking concrete action against mental health stigma and bias, learn about how mental health is addressed globally while working to create a kinder, more compassionate world.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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About The Course

Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

Take a course on your own.

Already have an account?

Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Brain Health

Explore and share stories about the connection between minds and emotions, how specific chemicals in the brain impact mental health, and what one can do to strengthen our mental health.

Module 2: Everyday Stigma

Explore and share stories about local perceptions of mental health and the community stigma related to mental illness.

Module 3: Everyday Screen Free

Explore and share stories about the correlation between excessive social media use, screen time, and mental health.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Design action plans for breaking down mental health stigmas.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the chemical reactions in the brain.
  • Understand the different chemicals that are released in times of happiness and stress.
  • Explore the stigma surrounding mental health in the local community.
  • Reflect on the ways that mental health stigma are created and perpetuated.
  • Consider the role of social media in mental health.
  • Explore methods of reducing stress and mental health challenges in daily life.
  • Set a goal to support positive mental health for all.
  • Know how stories help connect one another.

Standards Alignments

English Language Arts Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3: Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals


CASEL Social & Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

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Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

Take a course on your own.

Already have an account?