Girl Scouts work against stigma

With approximately 1 in 4 people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness is growing.

Now, Girl Scouts (two million girls and 800,000 adults) can earn a merit badge for mental health awareness, thanks to a program developed by the International Bipolar Foundation.

Individual Girls Scout Troops can adopt the curriculum, which teaches girls about basic brain anatomy and physiology, tackles stigma about mental illness, and develops anti-bullying skills. Review the curriculum here.

The curriculum is designed for Scouts of all ages—Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors—who can earn the embroidered patch by completing activities appropriate to each age group.

Girl Scouts are actively working to reduce youth bullying, suicide and drug use, and to build girls’ emotional resilience.

Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Girl_Scouts_80x80_Through this educational program, Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness badge and take a positive role to reduce the stigma of mental illness in their communities.

About 4,000 girls have already completed the program, according to the International Bipolar Foundation.