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Peer Support for Youth Mental Health

1 day

Peer Support for Youth Mental Health

About this Workshop

Mental health is important at all life stages. The teen years can be particularly stressful, which is why it is vital to build healthy coping strategies. This workshop uses an interactive and conversation-based approach to explore a range of mental health issues and their relationship with beneficial and problematic coping patterns and addictions. Participants will learn how to take care of their own mental health and develop skills for being a support to their peers who are going through mental health challenges.

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Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop for youth who will be taking on a peer support role, their parents, and anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

Method of Delivery

This training is delivered in-person. Participants can expect reflective questions and exercises, breakout rooms/small group activities, small and large group discussions, and opportunities to practice new skills.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of mental health, mental illness, and stigma
  • Describe the role of identity and external pressures on youth mental health
  • Build a toolbox of coping strategies to use when facing stressors
  • Develop self-awareness in emotional regulation and communication skills for peer support
  • Identify key aspects for providing support, including for self-injury and suicide

Topics Included

  • What Is Peer support in Mental Health? 
  • Being a Good Listener
  • Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems
  • Ways to Regulate Emotions 
  • Building a Coping Skills Toolkit
  • Understanding Addictions
  • Responding to Peers Who Are Suicidal or Self-Harming
  • Connecting to Adult Support

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