Youth Development

Mental Fitness Inc.

building resilience in youth

Spartanburg, SC

Mission

The mission of mentalfitness, inc. is to build resilience in youth through evidence-based programs. For fourteen years, our initiatives have provided a safe, unique and interactive launching point for discussion of complex mental health issues that face kids from all communities and backgrounds. We specialize in live and online professional development trainings as well as peer-focused prevention and early intervention programs for youth. For a complete listing of our programs and websites, please visit MentalFitnessInc.org.

Ruling Year

2008

Principal Officer

Ms. Robyn Hussa Farrell

Development Director

Lori Burney

Main Address

160 East Saint John Street 3rd Floor

Spartanburg, SC 29306 USA

Formerly Known As

NORMAL

Keywords

women's health, mental health, eating disorders, suicide, depression, anxiety, self esteem, education, body image, resilience

EIN

20-8489636

 Number

6929812866

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

One in three children and teens are currently struggling from a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety disorder. Opioid addiction and substance use disorders are an epidemic problem in the United States. Mental Fitness delivers the evidence-based programs, screenings, tools and trainings that get audiences talking about tough topics like mental health. Our formula brings "tiered" trainings with appropriate content for educators, parents and youth. Our goal is primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of mental health and substance use disorders.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Live Professional Development Workshops for Educators

FLOURISH Peer Led Resilience

5 Minute Mindfulness for Classroom Educators

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Minorities,

Multiracial people

Related program

Live Professional Development Workshops for Educators

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our goal is to safely connect individuals to the appropriate level of care for their mental health or substance use disorder.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Live Professional Development Workshops for Educators

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We reach our audiences through our partnerships with schools, universities and the Behavioral Health Task Force for our county. We have been able to increase our reach thanks to our digital tools.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers include our live and online participants in our programs, online websites, social media impressions and online courses through our mobile app technology platform.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goals for 2020 include: -- Expanding our online educational tools through the Sharpen technology platform, so more educators and school professionals have access to the latest mental health education and research. This software and platform provides professional development and best practices through evidence-based strategies. -- Working to expand our professional development trainings for school faculty through a train-the-trainer model -- Continuing to deliver our evidence-based professional development programs that have shown to improve confidence in managing serious mental illness and eating disorders in schools. -- Increasing our 5 Minute Mindfulness program to a national level through offering "Mental Fitness in a Box" classroom packs.

Our strategies with all of our programming goals for this year involve collaborations and community partnerships. Commensurate with our work over the last fourteen years, we will continue collaborating with our partners at the United Way - Behavioral Health Task Force, Suicide Prevention Task Force, and various school district leaders -- in collaboration with state and national agency partners. For our online and technology-based educational programs, we will continue to collaborate with national researchers, educational organizations and tech partners at Sharpen.

Currently we have one full-time staff member and three part time employees. We seek to increase to three full time employees by EOY 2020.

Our indicators include the data published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

We have measures in place to continuously evaluate our live and online learning tools, apps and programs. This data will also be published and made available for review.

For our live programs, we invite parents, students and educators to offer feedback through pre- and post program surveys.

We are currently working to establish measures that show how we are building resilience and mental fitness in youth through various collaborations and partnerships. This will increase to deploying our evidence-based mindfulness (stress management) programs in K-12 schools across the country. We train trainers to do the work in their community and offer ongoing support and program supplies for these partners and schools.

External Reviews

Awards

Wisconsin Psychological Association 2009

Invited Presenter

National Eating Disorder Association Annual Conference 2007

Presenter

Champion in Women's Health 2010

Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation

Peace Award 2014

Converse College / Westgate Family Therapy

Photos

Financials

Mental Fitness Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data