WHO®’s Mission

We are committed to empowering children and adolescents to stay safe and happy and make good decisions based on knowledge and a strong internal value system – educating them to know what to do and who to tell in dangerous situations.

What is WHO®?

WHO® (We Help Ourselves) is an education program that helps children and teenagers learn how to avoid victimization such as child abuse and neglect, violent assault, sexual harassment, kidnapping, peer pressure, domestic violence and emotional abuse.KNOW – Recognize potentially dangerous situations; learn and practice personal safety rules to help avoid risk.

The message of WHO® is simple



Recognize potentially dangerous situations; learn and practice personal safety rules to help avoid risk.



Have a plan of action; think ahead about what to do in a scary, dangerous or uncomfortable situation.



Ask someone you trust for help; it’s important to tell someone about situations that are uncomfortable.

Empowering Children to Protect Themselves

The WHO® Program has been adopted by public school systems, private schools, organizations and religious groups all over the United States. Curriculum spans from pre-school – 12th grade, encouraging learning through age-appropriate videos, discussion topics, situational problem solving and follow-up activities.

WHO® was developed by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas (MHA Dallas) in 1981. It was designed to prevent the likelihood of child victimization by building children’s ability to analyze strange or dangerous situations. WHO® is a series of research-based curricula that are formed on sensitive, non-threatening content and methodology. WHO® Training prepares school counselors, child advocates, nurses, teachers, case workers and volunteers to present WHO® in classroom settings for Kindergarten – 12th Grade. Follow-up materials and evaluation instruments are also included in the WHO® Program materials.

Downloadable Coloring Book

Why WHO®?


The WHO® Program is designed to provide developmental and academic guidance for all students and to meet the Texas education requirements codified by the 77th Legislature through the passage of SB 518 and SB 158.

Where is WHO®?


The program is currently being used in more than 150 sites and organizations in Texas, Missouri and New Mexico. The WHO® Program has grown historically through word-of-mouth to more than 40 school districts in Texas.

How Does WHO® Help?

WHO® presentations allow learning in a fun, interesting and non-threatening manner with age- tiered curricula through:

Use of video and puppets (K – 2nd Grade)

Classroom discussions led by trained facilitators in settings of 15 to 30 children

Use of follow-up materials to reinforce the learning techniques for personal safety

Benefits for Children & Teens

With the WHO® Program, children and teenagers learn:

To develop appropriate decision-making and communication skills

To see themselves as capable, worthy human beings who do not deserve abuse of any kind

To understand they are not to blame should they experience victimization

To adopt courage, respect, confidence and tolerance as they interact with peers and adults

Our partner organizations documented presenting the WHO® Program to an annual average of over 155,000 children in 3 states.


What WHO Partners Are Saying

“My K-2nd grade students love all the puppets. The video keeps them engaged and is simple enough for them to understand the importance of staying safe. The situations spark great conversation on character and appropriate behavior.”

“WHO encourages the students to be confident about standing up for themselves by saying no and helping others in trouble.”

“The anti-victimization programs are very successful with our students and their parents. The students feel empowered to do something about their safety.”

“Students commented on how much they enjoy the presentation. They make comments about how much it helps them. Often the students share their personal stories to discuss their personal experiences.”

“Our students love the” WHO” program and model it when appropriate for different reasons. They understand the importance of being safe for themselves and others.”

Laney's Story

” I really think it would have changed everything. I would have known to say no, and I could of taught my neighbor that it was okay to say no.”

 -Laney, Advocate for Child Abuse Prevention

WHO® Training

WHO® is a comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Curriculum

WHO® (We Help Ourselves) is a prevention and education program designed for youth grades Pre-K through high school. WHO® teaches children how to protect themselves from victimization, such as child abuse, neglect, bullying, kidnapping, peer pressure, domestic violence, social media, and emotional abuse.

Through in-class presentations, training, materials and flash drives for K-12 educators, WHO® meets TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards and is used in several school districts, including Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks, Plano, Lewisville and McKinney.

According to evidence and feedback from educators using the WHO® curriculum, the program is known to reduce fighting and school suspensions. School counselors have reported that the program reduces bullying and inappropriate touching, and improves the mental health of the school. Based on that evidence, the program is most effective in groups of 20-30 children.

Unlike similar programs, WHO® relays important information in a non-threatening manner with no scare tactics. Trained facilitators guide the curriculum, which goes far beyond simplistic “stranger-danger” situations. Follow-up lesson plans are also an essential part of the WHO® Program.

The curriculum is also available in Spanish from kindergarten through high school.

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