Changing Minds: Stories Over Stigma
Our professionally-trained young adult speakers provide educational programs built around lived experiences. By far our most requested offering, students hear stories of hope and recovery from young adult speakers who successfully and productively cope with their own mental health challenges.
Creating awareness about mental wellness can begin in elementary school. This interactive presentation teaches children to increase their understanding of how their emotions impact their thoughts and behaviors.
"My Perfect Life" Book & Pacing Guide
High school classes can explore mental health by reading an inspirational memoir and facilitate discussions using a pacing guide created by the author.
Beginning in elementary school, we start the conversation. Through role-playing and interactive activities, we work with children to help them understand how others are feeling and how they can develop their own skills for regulating their emotions. In middle school, school-wide presentations, discussions, and group activities are key for promoting social connectedness and encouraging healthy self-care and help-seeking behaviors. Once students reach high school, we conduct assemblies in which we lead open and honest discussions about mental health, suicide, and other destructive behaviors. We talk to them about how to take action so they’re ready to both give and receive support.
“The students were riveted and there was a tremendous amount of very positive feedback from the students afterward. They stayed for an hour and 15 minutes after the presentation, which was critical for some of our students to have their questions answered and to just, feel connected.”
— Barbara Boland, Student Assistance Program Coordinator