February 10, 2019


According to the World Health Organization Depression is the NUMBER ONE leading cause of disability globally (not cancer or heart disease like many of us might have guessed). 


How did we get here?


Well, researchers at Vanderbilt University have been conducting surveys of over 8,000 teachers based on twenty years of research asking: 


"What are the top 10 skills needed by students?" 


Here are the results: 


1. Listening to others 


2. Following Steps 


3. Following Rules 


4. Ignoring Distractions 


5. Asking for Help


6. Taking turns when talking 


7. Getting along with others 


8. Staying calm with others 


9. Being responsible for their behavior 


10. Doing nice things for others 


Nothing on the top 10 list was academic! We have been failing our kids in fundamental social emotional and wellness education. This is what HMHB is committed to and our comprehensive programs address each skill on this list with simple yet powerful practices and content to help kids help themselves. See ABOUT US and WHY HMHB to learn more. 


Resource: Stephen Elliot, PhD. Vanderbilt University, Nashville 

Photo Credit: Edward Cisneros 

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