Medical City Healthcare
October 08, 2020

Dallas – Today’s teens face pressures that past generations never experienced. Research shows that 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That is why Medical City Healthcare is collaborating with EVERFI, an international technology company to launch an interactive, mental health and wellness digital education course for middle and high school students. The course will be available at no cost for schools and districts in Collin, Denton and Parker counties. The launch comes in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The Mental Wellness Basics course is designed to provide teachers with the additional curriculum to equip students in grades 8-10 with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, maintain and promote positive mental health in themselves and their peers. The course provides learners with accurate information about behavioral health disorders in order to:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness
  • Reduce stigma
  • Establish effective coping strategies
  • Empower students to be advocates for themselves and others

“At Medical City Healthcare, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life and that includes mental health,” says Erol Akdamar, FACHE, president of Medical City Healthcare. “By offering access to mental health curriculum, in addition to our extensive nutrition education through our award-winning kids teaching kids® program, we’re able to support North Texas children and teens in a variety of ways during their crucial developmental stages.”

Medical City Healthcare is part of HCA Healthcare, a leader in behavioral health with the knowledge and data from nearly 200,000 annual behavioral health patient encounters that enable the organization to make positive advances in educating the community about mental illness. HCA Healthcare is investing nearly $1 million over three years to bring this program to more than 12,000 middle and high school students in six states, including Texas. This investment and collaboration with EVERFI deepens Medical City Healthcare’s commitment to promote whole person wellness and respond to the growing need for mental health education in the community.

“It is critical to approach the challenge of mental health with awareness from all perspectives,” says EVERFI Founder and President, Jon Chapman. “We wanted to design an educational program that benefits those who are impacted by mental health challenges, those who want to build and maintain positive mental health, and those who have the opportunity to positively impact the mental health of a friend or peer.”

For more information about how North Texas school districts in Collin, Denton and Parker counties can participate, please email

About Medical City Healthcare

Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Medical City Healthcare strives to deliver excellence always — providing the highest quality healthcare in the communities it serves. With the resources and strength of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 184 hospitals in the United States and England, Medical City Healthcare is one of the North Texas region’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers. It includes 16 hospitals, more than 5,100 active physicians, 6,000 nurses and 14,500 employees. Three Medical City Healthcare hospitals are accredited comprehensive stroke centers and seven hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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