Goldie Hawn and Tony Thurmond Team Up to Address Mental Health in Schools

Actress Goldie Hawn and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond have teamed up to support mental health in schools. They’re both part of a public-private partnership that aims to address the growing mental health challenges impacting our youth. The coalition also includes NBA star Kevin Love and director Ava DuVernay.

Hawn is the founder of MindUp. Her organization trains educators and families on brain health, mindfulness, positive psychology and rewards, as well as strategies to promote kindness and gratitude.

“Know your brain,” Hawn told ABC7 News. “Why aren't we teaching brain science in the classroom? We ask them to use their brain, we depend on that, and we don't teach them how their brain works.”

The past year has introduced new mental health challenges for both adults and students. The isolation of shutdowns and distance learning has compounded struggles for those with depression and anxiety.

There is growing emphasis on the importance of overall wellness in the public school system. The Governor’s new budget proposal calls for $400 million for school-based mental health.