Mental Health Literacy: What is It and Why is It Important?


The Central East MHTTC in collaboration with the National Center for School Mental Health is pleased to offer a school mental health webinar series with a focus on advancing high quality, sustainable school mental health from a multi-tiered system of support, trauma sensitive, and culturally responsive and equitable lens. To familiarize yourself with the foundations of school mental health, please review the school mental health guidance document.


  • Define the components of mental health literacy
  • Describe the importance of promoting mental health literacy across diverse youth-serving settings
  • Identify outcomes associated with improved mental health literacy


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Sean Perry
Founder and President, We R H.O.P.E. Inc.

Mr. Perry is a trailblazer in the field of youth mental health coaching. With two decades of experience under his belt and a wealth of knowledge and expertise, he has been on the front lines of addressing the inequalities in mental health support services. But he didn’t just sit back and observe, he took action. He co-founded We R H.O.P.E. Inc (, an organization that is revolutionizing the way we approach mental health by bringing support to young people at an early age and breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness at the school and community level.



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Abbie Rosenberg, PMHNP-BC, RN
Founder and Executive Director, Mental Health Collaborative

Ms. Rosenberg is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience providing individuals and families with psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and psychoeducational services. Abbie earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Boston University, her Master of Science and Nurse Practitioner Degree from University of California, Los Angeles and completed coursework at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. In 2019, Abbie founded Mental Health Collaborative (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building resilient communities through mental health education and awareness. Abbie is a passionate advocate of universal mental health literacy.


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Annie Sleaze, M.Ed.
Co-Founder, The Mental Health Literacy Collaborative

Ms. Sleaze (she/her) is co-founder of the Mental Health Literacy Collaborative ( Inspired by her personal experiences, Annie repurposed her 25-year teaching career into mental health advocacy, championing upstream solutions, and directing advocacy and education efforts for Delaware’s NAMI chapter for nearly 6 years before co-founding the MHLC. In addition to her national work with the MHLC, Annie continues to contribute to various Delaware initiatives, including as a board member of the Delaware School-Based Health Alliance, Core team member of the Delaware Recovery Ready Workplace Initiative, Community Advisor for Delaware’s CCBHC project, and appointee of the Governor serving on the Delaware Behavioral Health Consortium as Advocate.



Educators, Administrators, Health and Behavioral Health Care Professionals, Central East (Region 3) Project AWARE Grantees, Policymakers and Advocates, and Child-Serving Agency Staff

Starts: Apr 9, 2024 3:00 pm
Ends: Apr 9, 2024 4:00 pm
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Webinar/Virtual Training
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