High School Mental Health Training & Conferences
Sessions for students, parents, and educators
Option 1 – Virtual Assembly
One, 45-Minute Training
Includes one live virtual presentation with the lead author of Mental Health 101, Tom Thelen. The session includes a basic overview of mental health coping skills for stress due to COVID-19. Session length can be adjusted between 30 and 60 minutes to fit your needs.
Option 2 – Virtual Summit
Four Training Sessions
Includes four live virtual presentations from all four authors of Mental Health 101 for Teens featuring authors Tom Thelen , Dr. Kirleen Neely, Phd, Dr. Kimberley Orsten Hooge PhD, and Dr. Elliott Kagan, PhD. Features in-depth trainings on coping during COVID-19.
Option 3 – Virtual Conference
Ten Training Sessions
Includes our 10-Part Virtual Conference with eight student presentations, PLUS TWO BONUS PROGRAMS: Parent & Guardian Program & Teacher Training. This program provides a multi-tiered system of support and is the BEST VALUE for school districts.
All sessions are live, and recordings are captured for asynchronous learning
Funding for this program is available through SAMHSA, Project AWARE, and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mental Health Training Topics
- Mental Health 101 – What is Mental Health?
- How to Cope with Stress & Anxiety
- How to Thrive After the COVID-19 Pandemic
- How to Develop Emotional Intelligence
- How to Develop Resiliency
- How to Stop Bullying & Cyberbullying
- The Secret to Greater Self-Esteem
- How to Build Strong Relationships
- How to Raise Resilient Kids and Teens
(Special Session for Parents & Guardians)
- How to Educate for Resiliency in Students
(Session for Educators and School Staff)
Meet The Speakers
Mental Health Curriculum
Mental Health 101 is a book and curriculum for middle school, high school, and college freshmen. Each chapter includes three sets of group discussion questions, so students can apply the concepts to real life. Purchase 50 or more books and your group will receive discount pricing and free shipping in the U.S. Request pricing below.
The Top 10 Goals of Mental Health 101
- Mental Health 101 makes a clear distinction between temporary feelings of anxiety or depression (which are common for all teens) and longer forms of mental illness, such as clinical depression, which can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional.
- Mental Health 101 is non-controversial in nature and does not promote any political or religious agendas. The program promotes individual responsibility.
- Mental Health 101 teaches positive behaviors and mental wellbeing skills like respect, responsibility, resiliency, and coping skills for stress and anxiety.
- Mental Health 101 prevents at-risk and self-destructive behaviors like self-harm, suicide, depression, and anxiety.
- Mental Health 101 teaches students to get support by talking to a trusted adult, such as a parent, guardian, teacher, or a mental health professional.
- Mental Health 101 shows students how to get help if someone is having a mental health crisis, such as a panic attack or suicidal thoughts. The program also educates students on the most common mental illnesses, learning disorders, and disabilities.
- Mental Health 101 teaches students how to have respectful conversations, even when they disagree with someone.
- Mental Health 101 is non-judgmental, and it allows students to participate at their own comfort level.
- Mental Health 101 can be taught as a Tier-1 class for all middle school and high school students.
- Mental Health 101 is a research-based program that will soon become evidence-based, as we study the impact it has on positive school culture.
What is Project AWARE?
Project AWARE is a new grant program funded by SAMHSA. AWARE stands for Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education. The Project AWARE program builds or expands the capacity of State Educational Agencies (SEA), in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth. By building or expanding capacity, the program advances wellness and resiliency in education by increasing mental health awareness in schools across states, territories, and tribal communities.
Project AWARE also provides training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health challenges, and connects school-aged youth, who may present with behavioral health challenges and their families to needed services.
The program has increased mental health literacy among the schools and communities, removed barriers to find care, and ensured cultural relevance for all school programs. With the continuous support from SAMHSA, Project AWARE focuses on improving school climate and trauma informed programs to improve the care for school-aged youth.