In addition to our in-classroom presentations, The NAN Project has developed a series of professional development workshops, resource guides, and mental-health lesson plans, to support our partner schools. All are provided free of charge.
PEER MENTOR PRESENTATIONS:
These stories detail our Peer Mentors’ struggles with mental illness and other issues facing young people, but more importantly, discuss the supports they were able to access and the coping strategies they have employed to find a path to recovery. By presenting these stories,we create a safe space for students to talk about mental health. In these presentations we also cover the signs and risks of a peer who may be struggling, as well as how to get them help in a crisis.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS:
The NAN Project has produced a series of webinars and live workshops to help educators and school faculty recognize the challenges of today’s students and provide appropriate responses and resources. All of our professional development trainings can be offered in-person or virtually, and can be tailored to a school’s current concerns or needs.
“These PDs are always the best ones we have all year!” -Educator, Hopedale Junior-Senior High School
SUICIDE RISK FACTORS, WARNING SIGNS, AND HOW TO HELP
This suicide prevention training empowers educators to act as a bridge to support for students who may be struggling with a mental health crisis. QPR is not intended to be clinical, but is meant to offer a set of tools and basic language anyone can employ to offer hope and help. This interactive training offers covers suicide statistics, risk factors, and warnings signs, as well as strategies to support a young person and get them to the resources available within the school or community.
STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY
During this workshop, The NAN Project Peer Mentors will share their lived experience with mental health challenges, as well the supports they were able to access and the coping strategies they have employed to find a path to recovery. These stories create a safe space for staff, faculty and community stakeholders to ask questions about mental health, and the strategies that work to engage youth who are struggling.
This presentation can also serve as a preview of our classroom presentations with students!
45 minutes -1 hour
COMMON MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSES IN THE CLASSROOM
This non-clinical training offers a straightforward introduction to common mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD and adjustment disorder. The NAN Project team will provide the signs of these challenges as well as practical responses and strategies to identify a student who may be struggling in the classroom - informed by our own Peer Mentors lived experiences.
MENTAL HEALTH QUESTIONS STUDENTS HAVE (BUT ARE AFRAID TO ASK)
During our student presentations, we receive many questions from the youth lens, including how to talk to friends and family about mental health, what do different diagnoses look like, how to identify supports, etc. This workshop offers a look into those specific questions, and strategic suggestions on how school staff can safely and appropriately respond when mental health topics come up in their classrooms.
The NAN Project offers a 6 week curriculum on various social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health topics for middle and high school students. SEL Circles are curriculum-based, made for groups of up to 15 students, and supported by Peer Mentors & a licensed mental health clinician/school counselor. The curriculum is offered in a format that is fun, educational, and appealing for students that need a little extra social-emotional support.
To reach out to discuss bringing SEL Circles to your school or community, email [email protected].
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDES
LESSON PLANS FOR EDUCATORS
The NAN Project offers the following programs as a set of tools for schools and youth serving organizations to promote self-care, routine, and connectedness for the young people they serve. Each module includes a lesson plan and set of slides.
Boundary-setting can be a tool to take care of yourself and your mental health, especially for students who have less independence while social distancing. This lesson includes an overview of boundaries and the skills needed to set and reinforce them, and a visual representation of student’s boundaries. (45 Minutes)
Many of us are receiving distressing, upsetting, or even scary information about how our world or communities are affected by the coronavirus. Much of this news is not something we can control or affect. The discussion, and the visual created during this activity validate students' concerns, but also call attention to how many things are within our control, even in these challenging times.(45 Minutes)
Facing challenges gives us the opportunity to reflect on our hopes for the future and set new goals. This intention setting technique empowers us to design our lives based on a personal sense of meaning and positive mental well-being. Students will identify an intention or goal, as well as the supports and actions needed for that intention. (35-45 Minutes)
Self Compassion offers a space for the intense feelings we may be having, as well as an opportunity to offer ourselves some comfort during stressful times.This lesson will introduce the basics of self-compassion, and offer students a moment in their day to reflect on themselves and their mental health with kindness and understanding. (35-45 Minutes)