Educating Adults to Lead the Conversation
This 90-minute program opens with a Minding Your Mind clinician discussing the signs and symptoms of the mental health issues most prevalent in adolescents through young adulthood, and how to know the difference from typical teenage behavior. The Young Adult Speaker adds a real-life story that illustrates the information from our clinician, transforming it all into relatable experiences. In addition to being an inclusive introduction to a variety of mental health issues, this presentation can be customized to address a specific need or topic. While every Just Talk About It includes information on these subjects, additional time can be dedicated for an in-depth focus on a particular area:
• Negative Coping
• Eating Disorders
• Substance Use
• Social Media
• Effects of Childhood Trauma
• Positive Coping/Resulience
Just Talk About It can be scheduled any time. It is designed to work well with groups of all sizes, from daytime lunch-and-learn sessions to large auditoriums with hundreds of parents. The content can be adapted and targeted for any interest group.
The age of onset of most psychiatric disorders is typically during adolescence. Research studies have demonstrated that one in five teens will experience a mental health issue this year, but fewer than 20% of those will seek help. A significant barrier cited for not seeking help is shame coupled with stigma. Untreated mental health issues often lead to destructive behaviors, including: self-harm, eating disorders, substance misuse, violence, and suicide ideation. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14 to 23, and the sixth leading cause of death for children 5 to 14 years old.
Perfect for adult audiences, this is an introductory mental health education program hosted by a clinician that features a young adult speaker. Just Talk About It will educate participants to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis.
Just Talk About It is an opportunity for adults to be educated on the signs and symptoms of a mental health issue, providing knowledge to act before a crisis hits.
Parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, youth leaders, community members—any adult who is interested in learning more about the mental health of adolescents and teenagers. If desired, the presentation can be open to youth as well; content is appropriate for ages middle-school and above.
“Andrew’s story was honest, full of integrity, and revealing. It was a generous gift to students, faculty, and parents.”
— Delvin Dinkins, Assistant Headmaster