Mental Health 101 – Supporting Youth

There's no denying we are in a crisis of mental and emotional wellness.

With 1 in 5 youth experiencing mental health concerns, and a global pandemic in our wake, we are all struggling to cope and recover. Yong people can’t always make sense of what is happening inside of them and around them. Their inner experiences affect behaviour, and can cause strained relationships and psychological shutdowns.

At this stage, they often don’t know how to ask for what they need or even recognize at times that they have needs. They worry about being judged or told to get it together. They want to be better, but they need better foundations.

As adults it can be hard to see past the behavioral issues to the needs that are underneath. It can also be hard to distinguish what is typical development and what is something more. Further, because we are all also carrying our own weights with us, it can be hard to show up and be present. Knowing the right words to say, being able to assess what is really happening and why it is happening is key.

This talk explains why we are in a crisis and gives a model of all the factors - internal and external, micro and macro - that are laying the foundation of our wellness issues. It also explores the protective factors that can help youth maintain their resilience and resolve. It shows participants how to see, show up, and support young people without crossing into areas that aren’t their responsibility. And emphasis is placed on not losing oneself while supporting them.

Knowing what’s going on and how it is impacting their behavior and wellbeing will help prevent - or turn around - mental health concerns. Mental health status comes down to whether the stressors in one's life outweigh their resources and ability to cope.

This talk teaches participants about common stressors, how to recognize when someone’s coping abilities are no longer enough, and how to support them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Current climate of mental health issues in youth and their contributing factors
  • How to spot red or yellow flags
  • Protocol for how to respond appropriately when signs and symptoms arise
  • How to identify limits of responsibility
  • Discussion around stigma and why people don’t reach out for help

Take-Away Strategies & Tools:

  • The red and yellow flags that indicate a young person is on the edge
  • A simple process for knowing when to step in and when to step back
  • A roadmap or guidebook for how to support tweens or teens in opening up and creating a more secure bond
  • Ways to take care of your own mental and emotional wellbeing when and after helping others

Additional Information:

  • This talk has been developed for audiences of adults who work with youth (12+)
  • Standard length is 60-75 minutes, but this can be extended into a workshop with skill-building activities, breakout groups, and case studies
  • This session is available for virtual or for in-person delivery
  • Client will be responsible for speaker travel costs, plus a per diem over and above the speaker fee
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