State law addresses mental and emotional health.
Tennessee Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standard, Middle School Standard
Outline of health education requirement
Tennessee Health Education Standard. Mental, Emotional, and Social Health. Core. Grades 6-8.
Component: Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Subcomponent: Core
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
6.MESH.1 Identify coping skills to deal with the health effects of stress, loss, and depression.
7.MESH.1 Describe the signs, causes, and health effects of stress, loss, and depression.
8.MESH.1 Describe common mental health conditions and the importance of seeking help.
6.MESH.2 Describe the importance of setting personal boundaries for privacy, safety, and expression of emotions and opinions.
7.MESH.2 Discuss the harmful effects of violent behaviors, and describe the similarities between them (e.g., bullying, hazing, fighting, verbal abuse).
8.MESH.2 Identify a variety of nonviolent ways to respond when angry or upset.
6.MESH.3 Identify internal and external influences on social, emotional, and mental health.
7.MESH.3 Describe the influence of culture on family values and practices.
8.MESH.3 Analyze techniques that are used to pressure someone to engage in or be a target of violent behavior.
6.MESH.4 Discuss the importance of getting guidance from a trusted adult when faced with a threatening situation. (e.g. bullying, threats)
7.MESH.4 Identify trusted adults to report to if individuals are in danger of hurting themselves or others.
8.MESH.4 Analyze situations that may call for acts of caring among friends or require getting help from trusted adults.
6.MESH.5 Identify trusted adults who can help with mental, social, and emotional health problems.
7.MESH.5 Practice asking a trusted adult for help with mental, social, or emotional health problems.
8.MESH.5 Create a plan to seek help for a mental, social, or emotional health problem from trusted adults for self or others. MESH.6 6.MESH.6 Identify discrimination, and bias and how it can lead to violence.
7.MESH.6 Demonstrate ways to communicate respect for diversity.
8.MESH.6 Design nonviolent solutions to conflicts based on respect for others.
6.MESH.7 Identify refusal and negotiation skills to avoid or reduce mental, social, and emotional health risks in hypothetical situations.
7.MESH.7 Apply refusal and negotiation skills to avoid or reduce mental, social, and emotional health risks.
8.MESH.7 Utilize family, school, and community resources to avoid or reduce mental, social, and emotional health risks (e.g., bullying, harassment).