Founder of The PATH Curriculum
"I almost gave up hope. I nearly succumbed to a life far below my potential.
But I pushed through a life-changing theater accident (fell through a trapdoor) that left me paralyzed from the chest down and created a vibrant, fulfilling life.
I am a survivor, a believer, and a fighter.
And because my theater accident happened at the age of 16, I’ve dedicated my life to helping youth navigate struggles. I’ve poured every ounce of my pain and joy into this mission.
I travel across the country, speaking to schools and at youth conferences, imparting my message of hope and resilience. I inspire and challenge my listeners to overcome and persevere, no matter what life throws at them.
The importance of this message became painfully clear in 2014, when a close friend lost her son to suicide. Logan was only 14 years old. My PITCrew Concept and PATH Curriculum are a pledge to Logan and gives youth a voice to reach out, ask for help, and know that there is hope"
LESSON PLAN TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE PATH CURRICULUM:
Objectives and Learning Targets
Lesson One—Introduction to Tasha Schuh, The Power of PATH, and the PITCrew
- Students will acknowledge how some events change lives forever and how the concept of PATH can teach resiliency to get through these life-changing events.
- Students will be able to identify PATH (Purpose, Attitude, Team, and Hope) and how each of these helps identify their personal mental health and awareness of individuals around them.
- Students will be able to define resiliency and its importance in their lives.
Lesson Two—The Power of Purpose in Our Race of Life
- Students will assess their strengths, talents, and gifts to identify purpose and generate self-awareness.
- Students will understand their importance and value in the world and that the choices they make matter.
- Students will identify healthy coping mechanisms like writing privately, assessing the advantages to a private journal while considering other personal expression options like art, music, or movement.
Lesson Three—The Power of Attitude in Our Race of Life
- Students will be able to define attitude and how it contributes to their own mental health.
- Students will be able to list the five basic human emotions (sadness, fear, joy, anger, disgust) recognizing the challenge in finding balance for all.
- Students will practice applying the power of attitude to potential life challenging situations.
Lesson Four—The Power of Team in Our Race of Life
- Students will be able to define connectedness and how it supports healthy relationships and boosts individual well-being.
- Students will assess their strengths within their own friendships and explore how they connect with people they identify as “friends.”
- Students will learn what contributes to a solid PITCrew Team and that it’s okay to ask for help.
- Students will identify their PITCrew Team with emphasis on ebb and flow. They must plan for inclusion while coping with team change over time. They will also share their PITCrew Team Boards.
Lesson Five—The Power of Hope in Our Race of Life
- Students will be able to define hope and how it supports present and future positive thinking.
- Students will analyze data and gather knowledge that validates the need for mental health education, acknowledging the wealth of resources available for suicide awareness and mental health support.
Lesson Six—Recap of PATH
- Students will complete a self-assessment of PATH and how this tool may support mental health for themselves and others.
- Students will reflect on the results of their Personal Growth Goal (PGG).