About Work 2 Be Well
Work2BeWell is a direct response to community requested resources after a rise in teen suicides in the Pacific Northwest. Answering the call, Executive Director of OASC Sara Nilles joined forces with Dr. Robin Henderson and other Providence behavioral health specialists to ask teens a pivotal question: how do you want to transform mental health? Their answers became the vision for Work2BeWell.
Work2BeWell activates students through our student advisory council model, which in Oregon launched students to national attention for their creation and advocacy of a mental health bill. That bill passed–giving Oregon students Mental Health Days. Now, when students are struggling and experiencing a mental health crisis, they can take a Mental Health Day just as they would take a sick day if they have the flu.
Work2BeWell resources are now available nation-wide to ensure that parents, teens, and educators have access to free, clinically vetted curriculum and a movement to reduce stigma and amplify teen voices within mental health. Work2BeWell is committed to anti-racist work. We bring a diversity, equity, inclusion lens to programming and are working to expand our resources for BIPOC teens. We are strategizing culture and language specific resources for the future as we work to reduce mental health stigma and promote teen wellness.