Set the Stage for Ongoing Mental Health Education
Realizing that many schools have standards in place to regulate and support social emotional learning (SEL) school-wide, Gale teamed up with the Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation. This organization cultivates awareness, education, empathy, and understanding toward the depression and anxiety many teenagers experience.
Through this collaboration, Gale curated Cameron’s Collection. This set of 50+ eBooks provides schools and libraries with valuable resources to help young people who are battling emotional learning and mental health challenges. The collection served as a building block for other collections like Camp Cameron—designed for younger students. Plus, it supports Gale’s initiative to increase student success by bringing evidence-based SEL resources into the school classroom.
The titles in Cameron’s Collection and Camp Cameron span a wide range of topics and health issues, including ADD, ADHD, alcohol, anorexia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bulimia, caregiving, cutting, depression, divorce, eating disorders, homelessness, OCD, self-injury, stress, substance abuse, and suicide.
Many titles in the collection have chapters that provide educators with suggestions regarding professional help on mental illness and mental health, such as where to go and how to find additional information. While the eBooks help to facilitate conversations and develop competencies inside the school classroom, students have access to content related to sensitive teen issues from the privacy of the Gale eBooks on GVRL platform.
Our hope for SEL instruction in schools would be that students are more well-grounded—gaining the social-emotional skills needed to set their own positive goals to make responsible decisions—leading them to academic and life success.