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Digital prebuilt courses that help teachers develop socio-emotional skills in adolescents and themselves to prevent mental health issues

Mentes Hábiles

location_on Mexico City, Mexico
Mentes Hábiles creates digital prebuilt courses that help teachers develop socio-emotional skills in adolescentes to prevent mental health issues. This educational materials are designed in slides to be presented by teachers through videoconferences, they contain questions, activities, audios, videos and theory to develop 21st century skills not just in students but also in themselves.
Carla Fernández de la Fuente - CEO & Co-founder
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Carla Fernández de la Fuente - CEO & Co-founder


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10 000
Updated on September 3rd, 2021
about the innovation

Mentes Habiles


Seven out of ten people with drug abuse, start using during adolescence. According to the WHO, main causes of death in young people are traffic accidents, suicide, and homicide; in addition to this, rates of depression, drug use, and educational lagging in young people continue to increase. 

The OECD points out that, in order to prevent these problems, socio-emotional skills need to be trained in young people; neuroscience research says that the key time to learn these skills is adolescence. Additionally, socio-emotional skills can prevent mental health issues related to the isolation and fear caused by COVID-19. 

In Latin America there’s a huge problem of implementation in education; teachers in schools don´t know how to develop socio-emotional skills in their students as it requires hefty training for them and manuals that no one reads.


Mentes Hábiles is solving this problem by designing and distributing prebuilt courses that help teachers develop socio-emotional skills in adolescents and themselves. These courses can prevent mental health issues, substance abuse, and violence by implementing materials and platforms that can be used via videoconference so teachers can develop these skills easily and remotely.

Since our foundation in 2016, we have created an educational method by gathering research from evidence-based interventions from the United States, Europe, and Australia. We have already worked with more than 50 private schools and 100 public schools in Mexico City.

Some organizations that have believed in our project are: MassChallenge, Cinépolis Foundation, and the World Bank; they have helped us extend our impact and make our business sustainable. Today we can say that we live from what we do without having raised any seed capital. 

Why we do it?

We want to help people to be better people with themselves and others. 


See this innovation in action

¿Qué es Mentes Hábiles?
We made a brief 3-minute introduction to explain what we do and how we want to make a difference in mental health prevention (in Spanish). You can watch it here. 
Watch a video about our project to prevent mental health problems in students during the pandemic
Our materiales proved to be scalable and easy tu adopt.
Delivery of prebuilt courses on anxiety coping and time-management to 3020 students in 4 months.
Public health emergencies like the Covid-19 pandemic may affect the mental health of the general population which translates into emotional distress and isolation, substance use, domestic violence, and the increased likelihood of developing anxiety or depressive disorders (Pfefferbaum and North, 2020). The youth population is a particularly at-risk population due to the closure of schools, and the potential impact  such adversities may have on their developing brains (Holmes et al, 2020.) Since March 2020, schools in Mexico have been tasked with the challenge of transferring to distance learning and taking care of the health and wellbeing of their students (CEPAL-UNESCO, 2020). In August 2020, we were given a grant by the "Ponte la Verde por el Covid" initiative, an emergency fund aimed at solving problems in Mexico related to the pandemic, to test how the delivery of our prebuilt courses in 5 schools from the National Preparatory School (an institution of the National Autonomous University of Mexico) would give teachers the means to promote anxiety coping and time management skills in their students, with minimal training, and in a timely way. Between September and October 2020, a total of 19 teachers participated in 4 brief training sessions which consisted in: participation in both prebuilt courses as students, basic use of Zoom videoconferencing software, good socioemotional learning practices, and a short guide to intervening in case a student requires referral to a mental health professional.  The intervention ended in December 2020, and a total of 120 courses were delivered (63 for anxiety coping and 57 for time management skills), reaching 3020 students ranging from the 7th to the 12th grade. An independent consultant conducted focus group interviews with a sample of students that received both courses and they reported feeling taken care of and accompanied by their schools, feeling that the courses were a positive learning environment and acquiring new skills to cope with their emotions and organizing their school work. Data from a posttest survey found that 17 of the teachers feel better prepared to work on the socioemotional skills of their students, an increase of at least 10% in the knowledge of the course content and report are more ready to cope with their own anxiety and organize their school and work time.
recognition for being finalists in one of the best acceleration programs in the world
Entrepreneur Magazine 
Experience implementing online and offline projects
Before we translated our contents to digital prebuilt courses, all our methodology was used onstage. We have collaborated with World Bank to distribute our materials and learning methodology.  
Piloting process to adapt our material.
Our contents are subjected to a piloting process in real settings and schools to make the necessary adaptations to the material.


Achievements & Awards

April 2021
We start a project with "Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya" to deliver our prebuilt courses at hard-to-reach communities in rural Mexico.
December 2020
Completed the delivery of two courses with 19 teachers and +3000 students at the National Preparatory School to prevent mental health problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico City.
September 2020
Innovation page created on
August 2020
Received funds and support from "Ponte La Verde" to distribute Mentes Habiles prebuilt courses to reduce impact of covid-19 in mental health in Mexico City
July 2020
We sold our prebuilt courses to TEC de Monterrey to reduce anxiety in alumni
September 2019
First pilot groups using prebuilt courses effectively by a teacher that never developed socioemotional skills before
August 2017
Impact 100 public schools with Cinepolis and World Bank
August 2017
Finalists of the 2017 Bach Masschallenge

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