What We Do
In 2013, a group of dedicated and devoted parents, educators, community providers and youth decided that they could no longer stand by and watch the lack of options available to help our youth, families and schools struggling with mental illness. We recognize that schools have high expectations to serve students but are poorly equipped to support the intensive need. We are aware that our community has minimal supports and programming available to meet student and family needs.
Our group has quickly grown as has the need for our services in Iowa and beyond. Everything we do is research and
evidence-based to make sure that our work is providing the best outcomes for everyone involved. Our philosophy is a comprehensive approach that acknowledges in order to improve the quality of life for young people struggling with mental illness, we need to provide education and support to the youth, their families, their schools and their community.
PLEASE PASS THE LOVE is committed to increasing school mental health (SMH) supports to improve the quality of life
and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators as well as offer culturally responsive comprehensive
services and evidence-based supports to school systems. We strive to bridge positive relationships between the educational
and mental health communities to more effectively prevent and address mental health issues for our children
and adolescents throughout the state of Iowa.
We believe school mental health needs to be comprehensive in order to address the complex and varied needs. Everything we do revolves around students, staff, families and community, because we know that effective school mental health is not one training or event. It is a climate transformation that benefits everyone.
We are here for you, for your family, for your school and your community.
Please let us know how we can help you.
Our professionals offer a variety of trainings and educational opportunities to teachers, parents, and community providers. We have a suggested fee for our services, but we will never turn away a group for financial reasons.
As a young person, you have the ability to make lasting and effective change in your school. We work with you to help build the leadership skills needed to create a school climate that is welcoming to everyone.
The intention of the Iowa School Mental Health Alliance is to bring together a large number of diverse stakeholders to have a better understanding of and assess what school mental health in Iowa looks like.
Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board was created in 2019 with the hopes of getting more input from youth across our state. This was created to offer insight, ideas, and collaborate with Please Pass the Love to determine the strategic direction of our youth programming. Our board is compromised of amazing youth from across our state. We know that they are our future and they have a powerful voice that needs to be heard! Meet our Youth Advisory Board members!
Stomp Out Stigma
Stomp Out Stigma is a youth program led by Please Pass the Love that empowers students to become mental health ambassadors in their schools and work together to create change in their school climate.
Youth Mental Health Summit
Keep an eye on our page for more information on the 2020 Youth Mental Health Summit!
Stomp Out Stigma Conference
We know that youth hold the power to our future. You are the voice that needs to be heard! Join us for a day filled with amazing workshops that will help you build your leadership skills. We will offer interactive sessons on relationship building, how to be an effective leader, self-care, coping skills, arts based expression, racial and cultural trauma, music and mental health, and so much more! This is a conference you won't want to miss. Keep an eye on our website for more information on the 2020 Stomp Out Stigma Conference.
Online SMH Academy
All Please Pass the Love SMH Courses are online and in a self-paced format. The courses are available for you to take for Drake credit, License Renewal, or audit unless otherwise specified.
School Mental Health Conference
Keep an eye on our website for more information on the 2020 School Mental Health Conference!
Iowa School Mental Health Alliance
Currently, Iowa has a very ad hoc approach to school mental health with a variety of agencies and entities doing amazing work, but lack of an organized system to maximize on best practice as well as communication and understanding. The intention of the Iowa School Mental Health Alliance is to bring together a large number of diverse stakeholders, beyond just decision makers, to have a better understanding of what school mental health in Iowa looks like, what is currently being done, assess target goal areas, develop a sustainable statewide action plan, and to create an ongoing community of practice to progress the school mental health work.
"It has been an honor and privilege to work with Jen over the last several years. She has shown great compassion for a very fragile but resilient mental health population in our state and school system. She is a great advocate and passionate about improving access and decreasing the stigma of mental health. I have been involved in her conferences and watched her setup a solid curriculum helping educate a variety of people involved in delivering mental health. She is a true leader in our state with her work and future vision."
- Dr. Sasha Khosravi | Medical Director, Mercy Neurology and Psychiatry Center
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