Casey DeSantis pushes ‘resiliency’ makeover for mental health in schools

'It’s not about being a victim relegated to a set of circumstances you cannot overcome.'

Florida could soon adopt new standards for mental health services in K-12 schools, focusing on “resiliency” and allowing parents to become coaches and mentors in classrooms.

First Lady Casey DeSantis unveiled the push for the change during an event at Florida State University ahead of a meeting of the State Board of Education, which is expected to approve the new standards.

The move is an effort to “reframe and rethink the way we’re approaching mental health,” DeSantis said. “It’s not about being a victim relegated to a set of circumstances you cannot overcome.”

DeSantis said the push will come with $21 million to provide teachers with a curriculum to teach students the values of hard work, perseverance, dedication, problem-solving, critical thinking, grit, self-management, mentorship, citizenship, honesty and volunteerism.

Parents of students at a school will also be able to sign up for training in the resiliency effort, which will allow mental health counselors in schools to focus on the more “acute” cases, DeSantis said.

“What a brilliant idea to bring moms and dads into school and give them this training,” said Education Commissioner Manny Diaz.

Jack Brewer, a former NFL player who runs a mentorship program for at-risk youth, said the change will address the “root problem” of having 2.5 million children in Florida living in one-parent households.

“They don’t have that manly influence in their lives,” Brewer said. “They have been softened up; we have enough of the soft approach to raising our kids.”

Diaz said that, upon approval by the board later on Wednesday, his Department of Education should be able to have the program in place for the 2023-24 school year.

“The execution of this plan really comes down to those that are training those that are going to implement it,” Diaz said. “We really have no time to waste on this. It’s the lives of the future of our children that are at stake on this.”

The State Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Gray Rohrer


  • Rob Desantos

    March 22, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    This is absolutely moronic, which is to be expected from the names involved. With unqualified military-veteran teachers being tasked with bringing a “manly influence” into the schools, I sure wouldn’t want to be a Florida student these days!

  • cassandra

    March 22, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Case has teaching credentials in addition to a Psy.D? Impressive for a tee-vee actress.

    It is a great idea to have parents in classrooms so that students will be coached by all types of families: straight, LGBTQ+, minority, white, variety of religions.…Students will benefit.

    Good to read that Mrs tiny D realizes how important ‘WOKE’ concepts like “values”, and teaching “problem-solving, critical thinking,….honesty” are for children. Cannot wait to see her plan implemented throughout Florida.

  • cassandra

    March 22, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    *** AND: REGARDING Brewer ***

    Jack Brewer’s contempt for women makes him unfit to serve as a role model for children, or to be in any manner involved in their education or development.

    Jack, an expert-in-his-own mind—like Bill Gates—-is telling children that their mother is the “root problem” and is publicly announcing that he disapproves of the way mothers raise their own children. Maybe tiny D can explain ‘parental rights’ to Jack.

    Diaz practically comes right out with the DeSantis plan: breed women like livestock—no contraceptives, no abortions; Then hire misogynists like TBI-Jack to raise women’s children as Christian nationalists.

  • Mark Tilham

    March 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Good. Now work on pregnancy support, so we don’t end up like Idaho:
    JOYCE VANCE, MAR 23, 2023

    There’s news from Idaho, and it’s not good. The only hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho, is terminating the provision of labor and delivery services….It means that hundreds of women will be forced to deliver their babies at hospitals over an hour away, running the risk of out-of-hospital births and the higher mortality rates that accompany them.

    • cassandra

      March 23, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      OB/GYNs are rapidly leaving states that have imposed extreme abortion bans—-like Florida’s—-upon women and physicians.

      Doctors can’t provide healthcare to women while being forced to choose between committing malpractice and going to prison.They have no choice but to move to pro-women states.

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