Mental Mission

"Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary." - Fred Rogers

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

The mission of the Patrick Began neenah Joint schools Mental Health Fund “PBnJs” is to help bring greater awareness and training to the staff and students of our community on the importance of maintaining a healthy mind.


"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan

For many of us, building a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was our first solo mission and the metaphorical equivalent of preparing to climb Mt. Everest. We gathered the knowledge, the information, and the education to handle this daunting task and when it was accomplished, no other victory could have tasted so good. There are many resources out there to help in building emotional comfort and peace of mind. So, gather the ingredients - let others help - you can do it, and you will, once again, savor the victory of an amazing accomplishment.

How Brains are Built

YouTube video

The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, "How Brains are Built" infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.

Just Breathe

YouTube video

A Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films) short film with children talking about how mindfulness helps them with difficult emotions.

Help us in our mission to build a community of healthy minds!