Our Why

IgnitEDU was created after many years of working in education and noticing there is a huge gap in what is needed for students to thrive. This gap crossed all communities. It did not discriminate. Too often the pressures of achieving certain academic scores and doing well academically comes with a price. From students passing out, to unhealthy financial and physical habits, to multiple repeated, failed courses we have seen it all. Infusing mental health into education is the perfect recipe not just for student success, but life success!

We help students tackle their mental health so they can live in a happier space as they transition to adulthood.

In the IgnitEDU Online Student Mental Health Course, you will have the opportunity to learn, build and strengthen your mental health foundation. In this course we cover the following areas:

  • Understanding of Mental Health

  • Overcoming Your Mindset Barriers

  • Positive Psychology

  • Resiliency

  • Stress Reduction

  • Mindfulness

  • Self-Care

  • Mental Health Support

  • Mental Health Sustainability

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Founder & CEO

Christina Broderick, LSW

Christina Broderick is a clinically trained Licensed Social Worker, a Psychotherapist, a Certified School Social Worker, and an Adjunct Professor, who is passionate about ensuring mental health becomes a priority for all. Christina has worked across the entire lifespan, from elementary-aged students to the older adult population, all covering a wide array of needs and challenges. Having a professional background in program coordination and management, as well as clinical support and services, Christina has been able to blend her experience with her expertise to work with clients internationally. Her passion stems from first-hand frustrations she experienced with the gap that exists in foundational mental health concepts and skills for all. Too often we wait until issues become alarmingly difficult for us to handle to then seek assistance. ​ She wants to change that. We all should learn, understand and take proactive action for our mental health and the mental health of others. While treatment is imperative for mental illness, providing knowledge, skills, and resources for wellness is equally important for all of us. We all have mental health and should work together to be proactive when we can and comfortable seeking help when needed. Christina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish from La Salle University in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She is a proud first-generation college graduate, first-generation Jamaican-American, and first-generation business owner. ​ Christina has been featured in Voyage LA, HealthiNation, Thrive Global, and numerous podcasts. She also created her own six-episode podcast on Student Mental Health. When not working with clients or teaching students, she serves as a volunteer mentor coach for a national nonprofit that supports the economic mobility of first-generation college students, as well as an Associate Board Member, leading their Engagement Committee.

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Past Course Participant

Denisse Quintanilla, Monmouth University, Class of 2022

"I enjoyed this course so much. Each week, I was so excited to learn new things regarding my mental health. This course provided me with information and strategies I need in order to be successful. At first, I was not sure what to expect but then with the other students we created a community in which we were able to express ourselves and bounce off ideas that relate to the specific topic we were discussing. I gained skills for a healthier mind and a community that will hold me accountable to complete the strategies we learned during the course. Christina was so great and made the course fun and effective. This course changed my life and how I view mental health. I feel better prepared to face any situation that may affect my mental health. If you or someone you know are struggling with you mental health, reach out to Christina, IgnitEDU and take this course. We forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and that we need both our body and mind to be successful".

Past Course Participant

Dalili Gonzalez, Montclair State University, Class of 2022

"IgnitEDU was the push that I needed when taking accountability for my mental health. Learning new strategies and resources I can use to focus on my mental health was extremely beneficial. I've known the importance of mental health , but didn't know where to start and by joining the weekly sessions it held me accountable and taught me new ways to not only focus on my mental health but better it as well."

Past Course Participant

Claudia Romani, Montclair State University, Class of 2022

"Thank you Christina for this amazing course. I used to not prioritize my mental health because I did not consider it an aspect of my life. I've always overworked myself at school and thought that my role as a student was the only important role in my life. Through your course, I've learned that there are many other spaces we can grow in mentally, such as our spiritual, personal, and social life. I have kept everything you've taught us in my toolbox."

We've worked with students from:

KIPP: NJ, KIPP Through College
Drew University
Monmouth University
Montclair State University
Seton Hall University

Course curriculum

What's Inside the IgnitEDU Student Mental Health Course

  • 2

    Module 1: Understanding Mental Health

    • Overview of Module 1

    • How Do You Define Mental Health?

    • What is Mental Health

    • Defining Mental Health Versus Mental Illness

    • Where Are Students Now? The Stats

    • Common Mental Health Challenges Students Face

    • Barriers to Mental Health

    • Wrap Up: Module 1

    • End of Module 1 Task

  • 3

    Module 2: Mindset

    • Overview of Module 2

    • How Our Thoughts, Feelings and Actions Connect

    • Common Thinking Traps

    • Which Thought Traps Are You In?

    • Negativity Bias

    • Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

    • Positive Psychology

    • Wrap Up: Module 2

    • End of Module 2 Task

  • 4

    Module 3: Resiliency

    • Overview of Module 3

    • Would you consider yourself resilient?

    • Resilency in Student Mental Health

    • Where has resiliency shown up for you?

    • Strengthening Your Resiliency Skills

    • Wrap Up: Module 3

    • End of Module 3 Task

  • 5

    Module 4: Stress Reduction

    • Overview of Module 4

    • Types of Stress

    • Stress Responses

    • How do you typically respond to stress?

    • How to Improve Your Stress Responses

    • Building Your Stress Response Action Plan

    • Wrap Up: Module 4

    • End of Module 4 Task

  • 6

    Module 5: Mindfulness

    • Overview of Mindfulness

    • What is Mindfulness

    • Pillars of Mindfulness

    • Benefits of Mindfulness for Students

    • Mindfulness in Action

    • Module 5: Wrap Up

    • End of Module 5 Task

  • 7

    Module 6: Self-Care

    • Overview of Self-Care

    • What is Self Care

    • Types of Self Care

    • Self Care Strategies

    • Building Your Self-Care Plan

    • Module 6: Wrap Up

    • End of Module 6 Task

  • 8

    Module 7: Mental Health Support

    • Overview of Support

    • How to Know When to Get Help

    • Therapy/Counseling Break Down

    • Resources

    • Module 7: Wrap Up

    • End of Module 7 Task

  • 9

    Module 8: Sustainability

    • Overview of Sustainability

    • How to Continue Your Journey

  • 10

    Module 9: Close-Out

    • Congratulations!


Get answers to our most frequently asked questions!

  • What is the IgnitEDU Student Mental Health Course?

    This course is an opportunity for you to take action for your mental health! Think of it like an online class, minus the quizzes, tests and research papers. You have the option to complete the course on your own or alongside peers with our Live Discussion. Our Live Discussion is the best option as it will provide you with an opportunity to build connections and community during this process.

  • What will I gain from the course?

    A deeper understanding of mental health; Tools to shift your mindset to have more positive thoughts and feelings; Skills to build and strengthen your resiliency; Strategies for stress reduction; Your Self-Care/Wellness plan; A sustainable action plan for continued wellness; A student mental health community; plus so much more! A long-lasting supportive mental health community

  • Is it interactive?

    Yep! It is not just Christina talking the whole time (nobody wants that). There will be discussions, group work, individual work, and more, all tailored so that you not only absorb the material, but are able to apply it to your mental health journey

  • How long does the course take to complete?

    Once you enroll, you will have access to the first two modules. After that, each module is released every 2 days to allow you time to implement what you are learning. In total, it will take you at minimum 2.5 weeks to move through the entire course.

  • Is it therapy?

    This course is NOT therapy/counseling. This course is meant to provide foundational information and guidance. It does not replace professional therapeutic services. If you feel that you require more formalized therapeutic services, please connect with your insurance provider or local community mental health provider.

  • How do I know this course is effective?

    Check out our testimonials from our past students! They tell it best.

  • How do I know this course is right for me?

    If you've been wanting to improve your mental health but don't know how or you want to strengthen your strategies, then this course is for you! This course is NOT for people who are in need of serious mental health support.

  • What age range is this best for?

    This course is BEST for upper high school and college students. However, this can be used for younger students, with some adult guidance. If you need assistance with adult guidance, please look into the coaching option with course creator, Christina Broderick, LSW.

  • I'm a school/organization and want to enroll students in bulk. Is that possible?

    Of course! We have special options available for schools/organizations, such as special pricing, private discussion groups, moderator capabilities for your admin team and more! Email us at hello@ignitedu.net to discuss your needs!

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