An Evaluation of a Mindful Schools Project Focusing on Youth Mental Health Training Components


  • Hiba A. Chehaib Polk County Schools
  • Anjanette Todd University of Texas at El Paso


mental health program, school environment, evaluation, logic model


There is an ongoing debate about how to serve the number of students that are affected by mental health concerns. Some schools are implementing a program called Youth Mental Health First Aid USA (YMHFA) as part of the Mindful Schools Project/ AWARE that assists schools in developing safer environments and increasing mindful awareness of issues related to school-age children mental health in the community. This article evaluates the perceived effectiveness of the YMHFA program training components. Using an evaluation method, the goals of this study are to (a) determine what aspects of the training were viewed as most beneficial to help the students from the school staff perspective, and (b) determine the extent to which the staff used the five elements of the program to support the students emotionally, and (c) to determine the effect of the program on the school environment. Survey questionnaires were used to collect data from staff members. Descriptive statistics were used to inform recommendations for the next steps in the development of the program. Staff surveyed endorsed the satisfaction of the implementation of the mental health program in schools. Recommendations for the practice of mindfulness are discussed in relation to the YMHFA training components.


Author Biographies

Hiba A. Chehaib, Polk County Schools

Hiba Chehaib is currently an Elementary School Counselor in Polk County Schools, with seven years of experience in Elementary School Counseling in Title I schools. She has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She presented at her local district on Diversity in schools/ Counseling Students with multicultural background, state and at a national conference of the American Evaluation Association on the engaging participants in the evaluation process.  

Anjanette Todd, University of Texas at El Paso

Anjanette Todd is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling in the Educational Psychology and Special Services department of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Anjanette Todd has her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and she also is a certified school counselor. Her 13 years of experience in school counseling includes pre-k through college level students. She has presented at local, state and national counseling conferences on the importance of self-care, mindfulness and self-compassion as a way to address social emotional health.




How to Cite

Chehaib, H. A., & Todd, A. (2022). An Evaluation of a Mindful Schools Project Focusing on Youth Mental Health Training Components. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 59(2). Retrieved from



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