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Young Adult Speaker Program

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.


Students, content is appropriate for ages middle school and above.


These programs are designed to work well in school assemblies and health classes, and can be adapted for other interest groups, e.g. athletic teams, clubs, etc.


Our speakers – dynamic young adults who have struggled with mental health issues – share their personal stories and recovery.

The issues addressed in these presentations include: mood disorders, suicide ideation, eating disorders, addictive behavior, trauma, self-harm, and bullying.

Every presentation offers an educational component, including:

  • the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions
  • that mental health issues are common and treatable
  • the similarities between physical and mental health
  • negative vs. positive coping skills
  • how to ask for help for yourself or a friend


One in four teens will experience a mental health issue this year, yet less than 20% will seek treatment. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Stigma coupled with shame is cited as the number one reason individuals don’t seek treatment for a situational or chronic mental health issue. A study conducted by The Scattergood Foundation found that after participating in a Young Adult Speaker Program, students are more likely to express willingness to seek help, are less likely to think students with mental illness are dangerous, less likely to be afraid, less likely to think students with mental health issues should be in different classes, less likely to be angry with students with mental illness, and less likely to avoid them socially.

These improvements demonstrate that Minding Your Mind’s Young Adult Speaker Program is effective for improving attitudes about seeking professional, is an effective stigma-reduction program, and one of the few in the country that has the data to prove it

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“Jordan was outstanding! The immediate standing ovation says it all! He was able to openly speak on a topic that many see as taboo.”

“Provided a presentation that was beyond my highest expectations. I will be inviting Jon back for a parent night. Excellent!“

“As always, MYM presented professional, powerful, and intriguing information. Sheila and Andrew provided MMA parents with both knowledge of warning signs and hope for awareness and recovery. Thank you!“

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