With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Through a program to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness, Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness Patch developed by us for playing a positive role in their communities.
With approximately 1 in 4 people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness of those impacted is also growing. Those affected are commonplace in our daily lives and may include a classmate with ADHD, an aunt with
The opportunity to learn about mental health is consistent with the Girl Scout organization's dedication to the health and well-being of all girls. In earning the patch, Girl Scouts:
- Learn how the brain impacts mental health
- Explore how discrimination against the mentally ill makes it difficult to seek help
- Learn about many great achievers who experienced mental illness
- Research how the mentally ill are portrayed in the media
- Create anti-stigma campaign activities
To receive a copy of the curriculm, please complete the form below.