Edutopia’s video on the benefits of Social Emotional Learning:

2018 was the highest, with 19 suicides in Garfield County.


Over the last five years, rates of severe depression amongst youth have increased.

50% of screeners, ages 11-17, often think about suicide or self-harm throughout the week.

Over 76% of youth with severe depression – 1.7 million kids – did not get the treatment needed.

“Social inability can be a lifelong problem. Therefore it is imperative that social skill deficits be identified early and addressed in much the same way as we identify and address children’s learning problems because social incompetence can be more debilitating and detrimental to success in life than learning problems.”

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  (CASEL) has identified five core skills that are widely recognized as critical social-emotional skills:

  • Self-awareness is the ability to recognize your emotions and understand the links between emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Self-management is the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Social awareness is the ability to take other’s perspectives and demonstrate empathy.
  • Relationship skills are the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Responsible decision making is the ability to make good choices about your behavior and interactions with others