Sonoma County Office of Education

Foundations of Mental Health

Foundations of Mental Health

The Foundations of Mental Health curriculum provides psychoeducation and instruction about mental wellness and mental health conditions, de-stigmatizes mental health topics and help-seeking behaviors, and helps students understand how to access appropriate mental health support.

This FREE 8-lesson introductory series meets requirements for CA SB224 and CA Educational Code 51925 for Health classes at the secondary level. It was developed with guidance from Sonoma County youth, educators, On the Margins and more than 35 local youth- and community-serving agencies.

The curriculum includes detailed lesson plans with teaching notes, slides, handouts, and an educator guide. It can be modified for those who want to go deeper or tailor the lessons to meet the needs of their school communities. The goal of the curriculum is to be anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive and accessible. It is intended to be delivered by educators. You do not have to be a mental health provider.

Access the Curriculum

To access Foundations of Mental Health, enter your name and email below. Our team will only email you with curriculum updates or expansions, and you may opt out at any time.

Implementation Support

Register here to participate in a virtual Community of Practice which provides training and ongoing support for educators providing Tier 1 mental health education.

Email our team at if you have any questions or need additional support.

Collaborating Agencies

  • Alliance Medical Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin
  • CA Health Education Community of Practice
  • Catholic Charities - Diocese of Santa Rosa
  • Center for Wellbeing
  • Chop’s Teen Club
  • City of Santa Rosa
  • Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District
  • County of Sonoma
  • Credo High School
  • Disability Services and Legal Center
  • Drug Abuse Alternatives Center
  • Graton Rancheria
  • Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County
  • Humanidad Therapy and Education Services
  • Keystone Therapy and Training Services
  • LandPaths
  • La Plaza - Nuestra Cultura Cura
  • Latino Service Providers
  • LGBTQ Connection
  • Mendocino County Office of Education
  • NAMI Sonoma County
  • North Bay Bohemian
  • North Coast School of Education
  • On the Margins
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Petaluma City Schools
  • Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Positive Images
  • Raizes Collective
  • Santa Rosa Community Health
  • Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
  • SOS Community Counseling
  • SummerSearch
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Verity
  • Voices Youth Center
  • West County Health Centers
  • West Sonoma County Unified High School District
  • Windsor Unified School District
  • Zero Breast Cancer

2023-2024 Educator Pilot Participants

  • Amy Wilson, Geyserville New Tech Academy
  • Ana Talavera, Roseland University Prep
  • Andy Bunnell, Elsie Allen High
  • Caitlin Carciere, Credo High
  • Claudia Camacho, Roseland University Prep
  • Gene Sandwina, Windsor High
  • Janell Robinson, Santa Rosa High
  • Jesus Garcia, Roseland University Prep
  • Julie Lawson, Johanna Echols Hansen High
  • Melanie Wodhams, Casa Grande High
  • Rachel Messenger, North Bay Met Academy
  • Rebecca Byrne, Casa Grande High
  • Rebecca Jankowski, Healdsburg High
  • Sarah Blaser, Petaluma High
  • Sharon Pollack, Healdsburg High
  • Shereen Jackson, Petaluma High
  • Sophia Corbett, Rancho Cotate High
  • Sophie Bihn, Windsor HS
  • Thomas Warf, Healdsburg High
  • Troy Ballinger, Montgomery High


Questions may be directed to:

  • Mary Champion, School Psychologist
    (707) 992-1144,
  • Rebekah Pope, Program Coordinator
    (707) 595-0205,