Advocates of Healthy Minds is now offering mental health classes!

We are proud to team up with the i'Mpossible Project to offer 6 classes from their "Changing Minds" series.

To schedule a class for your school, organization, or community,

email contact@advocatesofhealthyminds.org or call (281) 826-6394.

Module 1:
The Basics of Mental Health

Getting help for mental health can be as easy as using a first aid kit. Treating mental health just like physical health allows us to use positive, non-stigmatizing language when talking about it. 

 

Paying attention to your mental health can positively impact all aspects of your life including relationships and motivations. 

Attendees will learn:

  • What mental health is and what it is not 

  • The Mental Health Meter (health, illness, breakdown, and anywhere in between)

  • Why mental health is important

  • The what, why, and how of mental health stigma and how we can eradicate it

  • How mental health can improve and shape our lives

happy family with kids
Module 2:
Developing Coping Skills
man learning how to cope

Framed within the proper mind set, failure is seen simply as a lesson on the way to success.  

 

Cultivating positive coping skills and developing positive self-talk while reducing negative self-talk are all keys to creating what we see as “success” from “failure” in the long term as they contribute to a healthy mind set. 

 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to develop healthy coping skills

  • How to eliminate unhealthy coping skills

  • How to cultivate positive self-talk and self-coaching

  • How to identify and eliminate negative self-beliefs

Module 3:
Storytelling and Support Systems

Storytelling can be both cathartic for you and encouraging to others as they share their story. It can also normalize the discussion of mental health and encourage help-seeking behavior.

 

Everybody has a story that has the power to heal. Speak up, speak out, and speak often.  

 

Attendees will learn:

  • How cultivating a support system can benefit one’s mental health

  • Why support systems are important as well as who and what can be used as a support system

  • Different modes and methodologies of storytelling

  • Why telling our story can be cathartic and how it can help others

  • How storytelling normalizes the conversation around mental health

women telling each other stories
Module 4:
Living With and Managing a Mental Health Condition
man talking to therapist

Mental health conditions are common and are nothing to be ashamed of. With the proper treatment and right information, mental health conditions are manageable. Just like any physical health condition, proper management is key to living well with a mental health condition.  

 

Attendees will learn:

  • The definition and examples of long-term mental health conditions

  • The definition and examples of situational mental health conditions

  • Tools and tips to manage a situational and/or long-term mental health condition

  • How to help and support a friend, peer, or loved one with a mental health condition

Module 5:
Anti-Bullying and Cultivating Empathy

Developing empathy for oneself and others is crucial to living mentally well. From children to adults, bullying can have a significant impact on mental health.  Bullying can also happen in a variety of different ways and all will be a topic of conversation. 

 

Discussions will include the differences between conflict and bullying, telling vs. tattling, how to move from being a bystander to an up-stander, when to stand up and when to walk away, healthy tips and tactics to deal with a bully, as well as how and why we should develop empathy for the bully. 

 

Attendees will also learn: 

  • The definition and application of kindness

  • The definition and application of empathy

  • The Platinum Rule (building on the Golden Rule. "Treat others the way they want to be treated")

  • The definition of coping skills, and how coping skills can help the bully and the person being bullied

teenagers bullying another teen
Module 6:
Helping Yourself or a Friend in a Suicidal Crisis
helping a friend through suicidal crisis

Suicide is preventable. We can all be helpers to those we love as well as learn to seek help for ourselves in suicidal situations. 

 

Attendees will learn:

  • What suicide is as well as what causes suicidal thinking and attempts

  • The signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking

  • How and where to get help for oneself or a friend in suicidal crisis

  • How to be a peer support for a friend in suicidal crisis

  • The importance of speaking up and speaking out about suicidal crisis 

  • A step-by-step demonstration of how to help a peer in crisis