2018 Advocates of Healthy Minds  

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 and is as easy as finding and using a first aid kit. We can and should treat mental health just like we do physical health and should use positive, non-stigmatizing language when talking about it. 

Paying attention to mental health improves your quality of life, your school life, and  your relationships.

Attendees will learn:

  • What Mental Health Is and 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

Module 2:
Developing Coping Skills

Failure is a lesson on the way to success if we frame it properly.

 

Developing positive self-talk, reducing negative self-talk, and cultivating positive coping skills are all key to creating “success” from “failure,” and in the long term they contribute to a healthy brain.

 

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 cathartic for you and can encourage others to share. It can also normalize taboo topics like mental health and can encourage help-seeking behavior.

 

Everybody has a story, and everybody has something to teach the world. 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 and 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

Module 4:
Living With and Managing a Mental Health Condition

Mental health conditions are common, nothing to be ashamed of, and are manageable with the right information and proper treatment. It is also possible to live mentally well with a mental health condition, just as it’s possible to live a fulfilled life managing a physical 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 or 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. Bullying will be discussed in all its forms.

 

Discussions will also 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, and 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

Module 6:
Helping Yourself or a Friend in a Suicidal Crisis

Suicide is preventable, and you and I and we all can get help and be helpers. 

 

Attendees will learn:

  • What suicide is and 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