In an era of increasing anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, join JFS for these empowering trainings that build familiarity and skills to support young people and adults in your community. These nationally recognized courses are designed to give participants the skills and confidence to help someone who is struggling with common mental health concerns in addition to mental health crises.
The COVID pandemic has – and continues to – deeply impact all of our lives. We are all grieving for the people we’ve lost and the lives that have been forever changed. It has caused disruptions to the individual and community rituals that offer us meaning. And the way society frames and talks about grief, especially in relation to the pandemic, can also leave us feeling confused, disembodied, and in a state of pain. This virtual workshop led by Shaida Hossein, Director of Mental Health Education, and Kelsey Schulman, LSWAIC, Mental Health Therapist & Intake Specialist, will explore new approaches to support complex feelings around grief. We will engage in activities to help us make meaning from our individual and collective grief, and share supportive resources to recognize and honor our experiences as well.
tMHFA (Teen Mental Health First Aid) is a training program for teens, launched by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation. It teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in their friends and peers. In addition, the program teaches teens about the impact of school violence and bullying on mental health, and how to seek the help of a responsible and trusted adult.
How tMHFA can help:
Recently, world-renowned U.S. gymnast Simone Biles made an important statement: "I have to focus on my mental health." In this moment, Simone gave everyone—her fans, her teammates, her competitors, and more—the permission to listen to themselves and focus on their mental health. Simone told the world it is okay to admit when you’re not okay. In that spirit, we’re excited to offer a 90-minute virtual workshop designed for inquisitive teens digging for answers on how to help themselves and their friends navigate mental health issues that may arise. Together, we will dive into the inner workings of your brain, how to reach out when you or your friends are needing extra support, and discover wellness tips to stay healthy, strong and positive. From this workshop, you will gain techniques for approaching conversations with kindness and curiosity, finding mental health resources for teens, and finding ways to navigate the impact of social media. This virtual gathering will empower you to feel better, energize you to help others, and motivate you to feel confident on where to go for help.
Being a teenager can be hard—and so can being a parent of one, especially during a global crisis. Everyone deserves a little extra support right now, and we’re excited to start offering virtual Parent Coaching sessions. These free sessions are designed for parents and caregivers of teens and young adults. Over the course of your sessions (1-3 available), we’ll explore managing COVID-related stress and coping, strengthening communication skills and navigating peer and romantic relationships. If you are interested in this new offering, please begin the intake process by emailing email@example.com that you are interested in parent coaching.
In just a short time, COVID-19 has had a major impact on the world and how we live our lives. Many of us are feeling stressed, and with so many things out of our control, it's natural to crave predictability. This two-hour interactive workshop can help serve as a guide for navigating the challenges of our current circumstances. Participants will gain skills to promote resilience in the workplace, become more familiar with resources that can improve wellness, and learn how to develop customized self-care plans. Together, we’ll also learn about "Zoom fatigue" and how to respond to it.
Burnout now dominates cultural conversations around school and work. Students and workers alike share that they feel like they are expected to uphold pre-pandemic standards, while feeling disengaged from life and managing chronic mental health issues. In this workshop, explore aspects of yourself in relationship to school or work. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you will be to face the world from a position of understanding and realism–ready to improve in some areas and to shine in others, while practicing self-compassion. In this workshop, you will be able to:
For many students, the turmoil and unpredictability of the past couple of years and the change of going back into the classroom have magnified their anxiety. Although 65% of students say they prefer in-person learning, school comes with stressors as well as benefits. In this workshop for staff supporting students, you will be able to:
When you feel overwhelmed, your first instinct may be to first remove things that help your emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing to focus on responsibilities, but recognizing this is when we need self-care even more as an act of survival. Introducing, maintaining and building self-care into your daily life can get us through difficult times; we can go from surviving to thriving.
Right now, we are adjusting to a new phase of pandemic life, and it is critical to be thinking holistically about our wellness. In this one-hour, interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore why self-care is important, recognize ways to care for yourself, and practice building a resiliency mindset. You deserve self-care, and we all can benefit with finding tiny ways to be kinder to ourselves.
This two-hour workshop is intended for high school students and adults who support them. Participants will learn about mental health issues affecting teens and young adults, how to link students to mental health support as well as crisis and non-crisis resources. Participants will also learn about self-care, and how to further improve their mental health knowledge.
This introductory training teaches the warning signs and risk factors for suicide and how we can help prevent this leading cause of death. Participants will learn national and state suicide statistics, the causes of and risk factors for suicide, information about effective prevention, how to offer help and identify people at risk.
Open to all ages.
National Website: Talk Saves Lives
This free, virtual training (5.5 hours) teaches attendees about mental health issues, how to identify a person who may be in crisis, and how to start a conversation with a someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge. This interactive course focuses on increasing participants’ confidence levels to help individuals in distress. It also prepares participants to identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources.
Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid (FULL)
December 21 at 9:00 am
Designed with colleges and universities in mind, this eight-hour training teaches participants to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses and to help young adults in mental health crises. Participants will learn about the impact of campus culture on mental health and specific stress and risk factors for students.
The course may be one or two days in length and is open to anyone age 18 or older who regularly interacts with youth on or off campus.
National Website: Higher Education Mental Health First Aid training
This free, virtual training (4.5 hours) gives attendees the skills to provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing mental health or substance challenges, or who are in crisis. Participants will have the opportunity to decrease stigma around mental illness and substance use, increase mental health literacy when working with young people, and serve as a vital link between youth and appropriate professional help.
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
February 1, 2023 at 9:00 am
In this training, participants will learn the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.
This four-hour course is open to anyone 15 years or older.
National Website: safeTALK
ASIST is recognized as the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. Participants learn to identify when someone may be at risk of suicide and to work with them to create a plan that supports their immediate safety.
This course is open to anyone age 16 or older.
National Website: ASIST
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