Friend2Friend: Emotional & Mental Wellness

Friend2Friend: Emotional & Mental Wellness is an interactive role-play simulation for adolescents that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health while reducing the stigma.

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PK-12 and Government/Non-Profit

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Mental Health & Well-being, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Suicide Prevention

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30 Minutes



Youth ages 13-18 navigate a difficult stage of social and emotional development, often turning to their friends as their first line of support. Approximately 75% of lifetime mental illness emerges during the teen years, and a national survey of high school students found that 16% of them have seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Adopted by several state, district, and nonprofit organizations nationally, this research-proven online learning module engages youth in a conversation about mental health and drives change in their skills and attitudes toward seeking help for oneself or a friend. Friend2Friend: Emotional & Mental Wellness prepares youth to recognize signs of distress, reach out to a friend they are concerned about, and help identify a trusted adult for support. Users have access to customized national, local, and school-specific resources in addition to simulation content.

The goal of Friend2Friend: Emotional & Mental Wellness is to promote peer support and lifelong wellness.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about mental health and wellness while reducing the stigma
  • Identify warning signs of psychological distress, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues
  • Build skills to approach a peer in a manner to motivate them to access support
  • Become comfortable asking a friend if they are thinking about suicide

CASEL Competency Alignment:

Social Awareness & Relationship Skills - strengthen communication and healthy relationship skills

  • Demonstrate empathy and support help-seeking
  • Identify own emotions and those of others

Self-Management & Self-Awareness Skills - develop strategies for managing stress and making healthy decisions

  • Identify and use coping strategies
  • Use feedback constructively
  • Identify and use resources of family, school community
  • Build self-efficacy and growth mindset

Responsible Decision-Making - grow critical thinking skills

  • Identify solutions to personal and social problems


  • Emotional awareness
  • Help-seeking skills
  • Empathy and active listening skills
  • Stress management and coping skills

Evidence-based models and techniques, game mechanics, and key learning and assessment principles ensure users stay engaged and emerge with a deeper understanding of their ability to use their new skills in real life. Research shows that with experiential practice, increased emotional engagement and reflective thinking leads to stronger self-efficacy and behavior change.

Experienced teachers, child psychologists, and childcare experts contributed to the simulation content.

Students receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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