PRESENTATION: Understanding Mental Health - Breaking the Stigma and Freeing Those Suffering in Silence
The intent of this workshop is to erase the stigma and normalize mental health conditions by educating and sharing my story with as many college students as possible. In addition to that, the goal will be to encourage college students to seek help early, rather than waiting or not seeking help at all. This workshop is a great introduction to the topic of mental health. It allows students to examine their current thoughts and feelings about mental health, while offering a clear definition for them to build a positive foundation of understanding. The first step in getting someone to access help is by normalizing it and demonstrating it is acceptable.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand that mental health is something we all have and is spectrum that we all move back and forth on based on various factors in our life.
2. Recognize the various signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in ourselves and others, as well as equip the students with the appropriate talk track to encourage appropriate help seeking behavior.
3. Apply mental health best practices they can immediately implement to promote positive brain health to manage stress, anxiety and depression.
4. Understand the resources that are available to seek help when they need it.
Call to Action:
Challenge each student to recognize mental health as a normal part of society and to seek help when necessary.