Just Talk About It

This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs in themselves and their peers.

Just Talk About It covers the role of negative coping as it relates to crisis and leaves participants with an understanding and suggestions of positive coping. Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help. Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek immediate help.

The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

What You Will Learn

At the completion of the presentation, individuals are able to identify the following:

  • stigma regarding mental health
  • the most common causes and effects of stress and anxiety
  • negative and positive coping skills
  • the symptoms of depression
  • what is considered a crisis
  • the warning signs most often associated with a mental health crisis
  • how to help a student and/or friend who is experiencing a mental health issue or crisis

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
  • Self-injury
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Bullying
  • Social Media
  • Effects of Childhood Trauma
  • Positive Coping/Resiliency

This program is regularly presented during teacher in-service days, at educational conferences, and to Parent Teacher Organizations. Minding Your Mind is able to tailor the program presentation for specific age levels, from middle school through college-level students.

All Minding Your Mind speakers and select facilitators are certified to present this program.