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Psychological Reliciency in High School Students

4 What’s Next is a primary prevention program that builds psychological resiliency in high school students by giving them the tools to handle stress and distress now and in their future.

The core of the program is the 4 What’s Next Framework, which teaches students how to effectively handle distress by “reaching in” and utilizing independent coping strategies, “reaching out” by seeking and accepting help outside of themselves, or a combination of the two. This process is followed by an assessment of how well their chosen coping method is working and encourages them to reevaluate if needed.

Over the course of 5 thirty minute modules students will understand what distress looks like for them and develop or strengthen an internal locus of control related to their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They will gain skills for psychological resiliency such as self-advocacy, coping, and help-seeking.

4 What’s Next meets young adults where they are developmentally, equipping them with transferable skills that can help bridge the gap between “now” and “next.”

Whether it’s college, the military, work force, a gap year, or something else, the transition from high school to “what’s next” can cause significant stress and can contribute to mental illness and suicide. 4 What’s Next can help.