A public health specialist with the State of Alaska is urging school officials and teachers across the state to adopt a radical new “action plan,” rooted in critical theory, to address growing mental health issues and behavioral problems.

On Dec. 7, Alaska State Health Specialist Lauren Kelsey sent a mass email to educators extolling an “action guide” that lays out how they can insert “mindfulness meditation” sessions, while introducing diversity, equity and inclusion practices, LGBTQ sensitivity trainings and critical race theory philosophy throughout Alaska’s public school systems.

“Greetings school health champions – Check out this new resource from CDC on mental health in schools,” Kelsey wrote in an email that includes nurses, teachers and various Alaska school officials and administrators. “The written action guide is accompanied by several web pages with a bunch of useful resources (many are free). Looks like it will be a valuable resource.”

Based on reports, essays and studies conducted by far-left researchers and academics, the 46-page action guide was developed by the CDC as a tool for school administrators in K-12th grade. Notable is the fact that all the cited studies exclude research that includes parental input or experiences.

While the guide claims to be a tool to address emotional, psychological and social well-being, it is clearly intended as a way to systemically disseminate controversial ideas to impressionable youth.

The guide encourages “classroom-based mindfulness education” during school hours so that students can practice mindfulness, both individually and in group meditation sessions.

The guide acknowledges that schools have a unique opportunity to promote mental health issues and practices among students, families and the wider community.

As the guide points out, the key to any successful action plan is to ensure that it is implemented in a way that “benefits” all students.

One of the primary strategies is to promote the practice of mindfulness to all students, teachers and staff. Mindfulness skills, which are rooted in Buddhist spirituality, are part of the steps to the eightfold path of enlightenment. Increasingly, public schools across the nation have adopted this Buddhist approach as a way to address rising instances of behavioral, emotional and psychological problems among students and staff.

The guide being promoted to Alaska educators calls on schools to “deliver classroom-based mindfulness education” during school hours so that students can practice mindfulness, both individually and in group meditation sessions. This includes instruction on Eastern breathing techniques and “mindful movement, such as yoga.”

Woven throughout the mindfulness program is a systematic effort to encourage students to embrace LGBTQIA+ identities, create gender and sexuality alliances, and overcome “cultural norms.”

With regards to promoting equity¸ the guide recommends that schools identify “organizations that support students with LGBTQ+ identities.”

The guide also discourages schools from utilizing traditional discipline practices, such as suspensions and detentions, which it blames for causing modern-day mental health problems. Instead, schools should approach problematic students with increased sensitivity, greater understanding and restorative justice.

Additionally, it calls on schools to explicitly enact policies that promote LGBTQ orientations, identities and expressions among students and staff.

In order to better persuade students to get on board with these ideas, the guide instructs educators to train children to be “peer leaders” who can model and promote these mental health strategies among their fellows.

While the CDC guide excludes any research on parental experiences with students’ mental health issues, it does caution educators about how to interact with parents, especially those who may have “perceptions of mental health” that do not align with the CDC ideals. The guide instructs educators to be “mindful of the language” they use when addressing parents, and to weave mental health ideology into other information so as to “normalize information about mental health.”

Repeatedly, it calls on schools to encourage students to “engage trusted adults,” who may or may not be their parents.

With regards to promoting equity¸ the guide recommends that schools identify “organizations that support students with LGBTQ+ identities.”

“Schools should consider implementing internal structures of social support, such as Genders and Sexualities Alliances, for students who face discrimination,” the guide states. “States with policies that support nondiscrimination of LGBTQIA+ students also have more Gay Straight Alliances in schools.”

The equity component should also address critical race theory ideas such as “structural inequities” and challenges faced by those who claim intersectional identities, such as being both a “student of color and LGBTQIA+.”

Practically speaking, the guide implores schools to address inequity by “enacting anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies” specifically targeting behaviors that are deemed incompatible with sexual identity philosophy.

It also states that schools should train all staff on the “social, historical, and environmental” inequalities based on “race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexual identity.”

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State health specialist urges Alaska schools to implement mental health plan laced with DEI, CRT & LGBTQ agendas

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    More crap brought to you by the dunleavy administration!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    They just don’t ever slow down do they? One thing after another after another after another. Gotta hand some credit to the demons and their organizer for being able to keep this multifaceted take-down rolling forward. We ask our Heavenly Father for the continued strength in this non-stop attack from all angles in our effort to save the children. The Creator of All Creation wins in the end and the win will be good. God is Good.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    This proposal is another distraction from academics meant to make Marxists out of the students. Some governors have banned CRT, et. al. from their state. One governor implemented the 1776 Curriculum. What is proposed above is NOT healthy. That is a lie. Currently anything labeled “health” should be a red flag. These programs are not for the students or for the parents or for families. Parents are excluded. That is not our Western Civ, traditional values. That is indoctrination to corrupt the children. Go on youtube and look up ARC “Alliance for Responsible Citizenship.” These Christian speakers have been organized by Jordie Peterson and two others from England to counter the lies of the World Economic Forum (“Demons of Davos”) and their depressing vision for us. These good, brilliant leaders believe in God and the values of Western Civilization and give us a refreshing realistic hope for the future and the next generation.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Thank you for the ARC information Jon and Ruth! I’ll be taking a look at their videos.

    • Lucinda says:

      “Currently anything labeled “health” should be a red flag. “. If your “health” was threatened by a cardiac arrest or a traumatic, bleed-out possibility, would you ask the paramedics to just drop you off at Wellspring and let god intervene? Or would you go to “health” care providers like Mat-Su Regional Medical Center or Providence, Anchorage or Alaska Regional, Anchorage?

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    it really is their religion, isn’t it? It cannot begin to be fulfilling, because it does not begin with Love and end with the Truth. Sad.

    • Lucinda says:

      Love and Truth. Twenty bazillion thinkers have tried to define those two terms and here comes bible hawker Tamra Nygaard to set us straight. Such arrogance!

    • Steve P Peterson says:

      Good job Tamra, you pissed off the sock puppet which has nothing better to do than troll a conservative site.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Good article link below explaining these ideas being implemented from a Biblical perspective.
    We can blame Dunleavy as someone did above but this is coming from CDC and being promoted by state health specialist Lindsey Kelsey.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Excuse me both Susan and Elizabeth! The blame is squarely on dunleavy because of the real life fact that he is governor!!!! Get this in your heads!!! I don’t give a crap what Biden, cdc , who , or any other agency proposes! Including school boards, library associations, etc. Continuing to give our governor and his AG cover by allowing them to hide behind the thin veil that they didn’t initiate this evil saturated garbage the people have to continue to contend with is stupid and evil itself! Dunleavy can and should have fought back with lawsuits and defunding this crap! Why are you so willing to surrender your own children to this wickedness!
      A quote from Emerald Robinson is appropriate here” Too many Christians in the modern world have been told to tolerate evil rather than fight it. In fact nothing has done more harm to Christianity in the last 50 years than the false gospel of tolerance. The cowardice and silence of the Christian majority in America must end”

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Elizabeth, we know that Dunleavy is not going to do anything. Yes, we can acknowledge that he should be addressing this. But, instead of spending all of our energy on attacking an almost non-existent Dunleavy, we need to figure out as a group, how we are going to deal with this issue. I like what Dr. Frank (on election integrity) was saying about how WE need to be our government instead of counting on the government. We need to work as a group with everyone taking a portion of the plan to work on in order tackle the issue in an organized, thorough manner…kinda like the left is doing. We are learning what it takes to fight like the left fights!

  • Coliseum in the Snow says:

    Be mindful of those three things, please, Alaska educators. If students’ test scores improve in these areas, then perhaps consider devoting your, time, energy, and our taxpayer resources to some other things.

    And Dunleavy, If you really are the standing-tall school choice wonderbug you tout yourself to be, perhaps take a moment to consider why we need a public health dept head meddling in our schools in the first place.

  • Mary says:

    soooo – out with the Bible and in with the occult! Chalk one up for Satan who is laughing with glee at his victory in Alaska. But remember folks, his victory is short lived in the end. Into the pit with him!

  • Bob Logan says:

    “Mindfulness”, lol. Orwell would be proud of that term. The Founding Fathers were mindful to keep their powder dry.

  • Coliseum in the Snow says:

    This is a good, related read:

    A few take aways:

    “The most important factor in the mental health of adolescents is the quality of the relationship with their parents/caregivers.”

    “Conservative and very conservative parents are the most likely to adopt the parenting practices associated with adolescent mental health.”

    “Parents who think highly of marriage exhibit better parenting practices and have a higher quality relationship with their teens.”

  • George says:

    All traditional religions condemn homosexuality, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American. It’s the perverts that are polluting traditional religion including the Pope.

  • oak says:

    So, the state of Alaska is now teaching a practicing religion in schools. Yoga posses are prayers to those gods.

  • Dorothy says:

    Reading Writing Math – the basics!
    No to health and social issues.
    We must stay alert and be aware of what is being presented to our kids.

  • Lucinda says:

    Hello Oak. Yoga is exercise. Exercise is good. It is in no way prayer; that supernatural silliness belongs to Christians.

  • T says:

    Reading, Writing & Mathematics is what I thought educators were to teach @ OUR public schools … not indoctrinating young minds to think how they want them to.
    This Whole program is Garbage! ( my opinion)
    if implemented, pull your children from public schools