For 14 years, Mental Fitness has been delivering evidence-based resiliency programs to K-12 schools and universities.  Our programs are popular because they are infused with creative and performing arts and mindfulness /...

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Our Mission

The mission of Mental Fitness is to build resilience in youth through evidence-based programs. We collaborate with national experts in medicine, nutrition and mental health to deliver evidence-based programs that improve and measure...

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  What began as an award-winning Off-Broadway musical NORMAL (now called PRETTY TO THE BONE), has become a series of evidence-based arts and mindfulness programs, live events and curricular materials —...

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Copyright 2006-2019.  Mental Fitness, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Why Choose Us? We build resilience in youth through award-winning programs

Tools Built for Kids

For 14 years, our mindfulness initiatives have improved resilience and mental wellbeing in students in K-12 schools and colleges across the U.S.

World Class Collaborators

We collaborate with top researchers in public health, psychology, education and the arts to create and deliver our programs.

Trainings for Educators

Our programs have been published in peer reviewed medical journals and have shown to increase safety in managing mental health issues in schools.

We Tour to Your School

We specialize in bringing collaborative symposia to your school or district.

With your help we can bring resilience to all students. Please consider making a difference. 

Recent Posts

Mindfulness in Schools Program Update

RHussa | September 15, 2019

For the last 14 years we have been delivering evidence-based programs that have shown to prevent mental health and substance use disorders. And of all of them — our “5...

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Postvention Training for School Professionals

RHussa | May 17, 2019

  We are grateful to South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative for partnering with us to lead postvention trainings this week for Spartanburg County schools and universities through our suicide...

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Introducing Sharpen FAMILY for Foster Parents

RHussa | May 17, 2019

  We are proud to be one of many partners who collaborated with The United Way of the Piedmont to create #sharpenFAMILY — to engage more foster parents into the...

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Our Mindfulness Program at APA Conference!

RHussa | May 17, 2019

  Our 5 Minute Mindfulness program is in the news!  We collaborated with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to roll out an exciting mindfulness project at Upward Sports...

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2019 Flourish Summer Camps!

RHussa | May 17, 2019

Back by popular demand, our Flourish summer camps will be happening at Converse College beginning in June, 2019.  The camps are a fun, interactive way to empower girls ages 10...

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Media Can Impact Suicide Risk

RHussa | May 16, 2019

It is important for those interested in suicide prevention and postvention to understand the impact media plays on suicide risk.  Here are a few important findings. 1. In 2008 the...

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Substance Use Prevention “Tour” for Schools

RHussa | April 1, 2019

  In 2018, Mental Fitness partnered with The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health and the SC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative to bring a 4 hour symposium “tour” to schools.  The...

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Suicide Prevention Initiative in Spartanburg!

RHussa | January 17, 2019

Mental Fitness has teamed up with the Suicide Prevention Office (SC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative or SCYSPI) to create the Spartanburg Suicide Prevention Initiative, servicing all Spartanburg schools and colleges....

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Our Team Meet a few of the Stars Behind Mental Fitness!

Selena Turnipseed

Board Member

Selena is a guidance counselor in District 4 schools in Spartanburg and a facilitator of Mental Fitness’s programs.

Samantha Nicholson

Board President

Ms. Nicholson is Mental Fitness’s Board President and is an attorney at Hyde Law Firm in Spartanburg.

Betsy Neely Sikma


Betsy Neely Sikma is Director of Corporate PR at Milliken & Company in Spartanburg.

Valerie Barnet

Founding Board Member

Valerie is the co-founder and administrator of the Hub City Animal Project that empowers local animal welfare organizations who are proactively working to address the root causes of animal homelessness.

Our Progams

Recent Testimonials
Find out what our partner advocates have to say about our programs.

  • As a school counselor it is important to be aware of different ways and resources to assist students, faculty, and staff in understanding the mind and how to be conscious of our senses, thoughts and emotions. The 5 Minute Mindfulness training provided us with an deeper understanding, benefits of mindfulness, and everyday exercises and strategies that can be used with our students.

    • Chameka Duncan, M.Ed, LPC-I, NCC
    • School Counselor/Behavior Intervention Specialist, Greenville Schools
  • I have worked with Robyn for six years. She has connected our entire District to an array of evidence-based resiliency programs that address serious mental health topics affecting our students. The Preventing Serious Mental Illness professional development programs for school professionals have connected us to many resources to better support students struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders. As a Deputy Superintendent, I know it is crucial that we have a dynamic partner like Mental Fitness who we can trust to bring the most cutting-edge and safe programs into our schools.

    • Dr. Terry O. Pruitt
    • Deputy Superintendent, District 7 Schools, Spartanburg
  • We are excited for our Mindfulness training session tonight. I want to share a quick story with you. Two days ago we had to practice without a student, so our lineup was really compromised. Several of the girls who normally defer to our most experienced players suddenly stepped up and did things more competently that they had done all year. We threw people in at new positions and we played at a really high level regardless of who was playing which position. After practice I told the players it was some of the best volleyball we have seen from them yet and I was really impressed with how some of our less experienced players, who are normally more timid on the court, suddenly stepped up. I could tangibly see better bounce-back from lost points, communication, earlier reading, more proactive decisiveness and movement. Then I asked them what they thought enabled us to have such a great night on the court. Without exception they all said mindfulness had already started to change the way they think about themselves and what they are doing. … Thanks so much for making this program available to us.”

    • Derek (Upward volleyball coach)
  • “I so enjoyed the Mental Health Symposium this morning in Cherokee County. The best inservice training I have been to in years!”

    • Bessie Westmoreland
    • Director of Student Services Cherokee County School District