Middle & High School: Workshops and Presentations
Project LETS, Inc. has found wonderful success integrating clasrooms by using our youth-teaching-youth model of education. We educate + train young adults with lived experience to provide accurate information, accessible resources, and their own stories to middle/high school students. In a survey released by The JED Foundation in October 2015, 60% of students wished they had received more help with emotional preparation for college. Those 60% of students were more likely than their peers to:
- Have a lower GPA
- Regularly consume drugs or alcohol
- Take a leave of absence after their first term
- Rate their overall college experience as "terrible/poor"
In addition, 87% of students said college preparation during high school focused more on academics than emotional readiness.
... And that's if the student even gets to college.
Available Presentations: Talking About My Mental Health; Dispelling Stigma and Myths of Mental Illness; Supporting Friends and Peers; Mental Health & Transitioning to College; Developing Healing Practices & Coping Skills; Learning to Ask For Help (At School + Out); Trauma & Mental Health; Gender, Race, Class and Mental Health; Dispelling Myths of Suicide
We are also able to customize our workshops and presentations for your community's needs.
Why: Project LETS, Inc. offers workshops utilizing art therapy/expressive arts/contemplative techniques including, painting, mandala drawing/coloring, zine making, beading bracelets, and other creative projects. With arts by our side, we teach many coping skills, relaxation techniques, and fun + easy meditative exercises.
Available Programs: Creating your own Wellness Plan, Creating your own Self-Care/Safety Plan,
Worksheets Include: Choosing a Therapist, Medication Log, Self-Care Logs, Quick Relaxation Techniques, Mindfulness Techniques, Dealing with Anger/Impulsivity, Avoiding Harmful Stress, DBT Skills
Why: Along with students learning about and engaging with mental health at school, it's incredibly important for parents to understand and acknowledge mental health and mental illness - as they do with physical health and wellness. Also, having a child with mental illness in high school or transitioning to college can be very difficult, often leaving parents without resources, information, and systems of support. Parents may be dealing with their stigma and shame, and it is important for parents to have a safe, comfortable environment to share struggles freely. During our Family Education Series, a new workshop/panel discussion is facilitated each month for parents in your community.
Available Programs: Helping Your Child Manage Their Stress; Promoting Emotional Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health; Understanding the Impacts of Trauma; Spotting and Responding to Early Signs of Eating Disorders/Depression/Self-Harm, etc.; Supporting Your Child With Mental Illness, and more.
The Project LETS Storytellers are a group of 5-10 college-aged students who have lived experience with mental illness, trauma, and/or disability. Some of our students have gone through professional treatment; some have never received treatment; some have a professional diagnosis; some do not. Some are currently living with reduced symptoms, and some are not. Healing is a process to be defined only on your terms. The Storytellers is one of our most powerful programs, and sharing with students in such a personal, honest, engaging way often yields highly positive results. After LETS program integration, high schools report an increase in the number of students seeking mental health services in their schools, or sharing information with friends and family. This is the power we have when sharing our own stories of struggles and victories.
Project LETS, Inc. is certified to train your faculty, staff and students in QPR Suicide Prevention Training. Each workshop comes with a 60-90 minute presentation, a quiz activity, role-play activities, and a set of your own resources. The main goal of QPR Training is: Recognize someone who is at risk for suicide; Demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and describe knowledge of referral sources and how to refer someone to help.