Jess Lawrence, Director at Cairn Guidance, discusses the intersection between health education and school mental health. We cover how skills-based education can support student growth and success beyond a lesson, how the WSCC model can be implemented throughout the school and the future of health education.

About Jess
Jess Lawrence is an enthusiastic, energetic, extroverted New Englander living in Eastern Kentucky by way of Portland, Oregon after 20 years.  She started her career doing exactly what she wanted to do since her own high school experience—teaching 7th graders health education. In 2003, Jess was hired as the Health Education Curriculum Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, where she provided assistance and professional development to health education teachers across Oregon. In 2006, Jess pursued a career as a national school health consultant, working with state departments of education and health, school districts and non-profits working to create healthier schools and communities for students and staff. She writes health education curriculum, facilitates and trains educators on school health issues and presents at conferences. Her work focuses on the idea of educating and supporting the whole child. In 2015, Jess fell in love with someone and left her beloved Portland Oregon to be with him and his three children in Morehead KY! They have two dogs Ase and Hope and Jess enjoys cycling, international travel, cooking and watching soccer. Visit Jess at Cairn Guidance. Follow her on LinkedIn.
 
About Erika’s Lighthouse
We are a not-for-profit dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Our vision is to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. To become the leading provider of teen depression awareness programs and resources in middle school and high school communities. Our free programs include classroom curriculum, teen clubs and parent engagement resources. Learn more at Erika’s Lighthouse.org.