Mental Health Speaker For Schools Training Topics
(Pre-K, K-12, and Universities)
Educator, parent, and student topics are frequently bundled as a program. Reach out to request a mental health program proposal.
- Mental health keynote speaker topics for educational conferences are here
- Student mental health speaker topics are here
- Parent mental health topics for schools, universities, and communities are here
Audiences include K-12, universities, birth-5 years. Presentations can be in-person, virtual, or hybrid and include training and PD for educators, students or parents, ideally all three. Get the overview of Education Mental Health Topics here.
Mental Health Speaker Topic for Educators
Spotting Students at Risk: The educator’s role in preventing suicide & self-harm behaviors
Mental Health Training for School Nurses
Audience: For university faculty and K-12 educators. (Or a program for school nurses.)
Time: Usually an hour but anywhere from 45 minutes- 3 hours
It was a teacher who first told AnneMoss Rogers her son, Charles, might be struggling with depression. And it was a teacher who wrote the most heartfelt note after her son died by suicide. Schools have something few other environments have and that’s an opportunity for genuine human connection. This is the most valuable currency in the education system. How can we leverage those opportunities to bolster a culture of student wellness? Based on the book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, this presentation will empower educators and youth leaders with the skills to leverage their relationships with students to reduce this threat to life.
With its engaging personal stories, real-life examples, and interactive activities, this presentation is not your usual PD or snoozer training but a rich learning opportunity for educators.
- How to spot students/co-workers at risk and what to say/do
- How to have difficult conversations with students, co-workers, loved ones
- Case studies of simple shifts in teaching that promote wellness, and resilience
- The single most important mental health skill students need to learn
- Self-care for educators
“Thanks to your training I was able to ask a student about suicide today. While I was nervous, it felt strangely empowering!”
—University Faculty Member, Suicide Prevention Training Attendee
Suicide Prevention Training for Teachers and Faculty at K-12 Schools and Colleges
Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention: Half-day training for K-12 & Universities
Audience: This suicide prevention training for teachers and other educators works well as a pre-conference workshop or as a stand-alone. Training is for faculty and support personnel including teachers, professors, school counselors, principals, SROs, deans, and superintendents. This topic is customized to specific areas and populations.
Time: Half day (3.5 hours) This has been bundled with parent education, student mental health topics, and consulting.
This suicide prevention training for schools and colleges is rich with interactive activities, real-life examples of evidence-informed strategies, case studies, and stories of how educators have created a culture of suicide prevention.
Participants will have the opportunity to work through scenarios and discussions to strengthen their ability to gain insight, tools, and resources to work through one of the most difficult topics those working with students face. This empowers educators to speak on the uncomfortable topic of suicide as well as mental health and helps prevent students from getting to crisis. While it focuses on students, the strategies for adults and co-workers are similar.
3.5 HOUR TRAINING OUTLINE:
Part I – Prevention
- Signs to look for in young people ages 6-25. What to look for in artwork, on social media sites, and in papers students write.
- Going upstream to prevent students from getting to crisis. A review of case studies of how teachers have integrated coping and critical thinking into their curriculum and how that helps kids build resilience and coping skills.
- Creating a suicide-safe environment (means restrictions such as breakaway closet rods)
Part II – Intervention
- What to say, what to do, scripts, and role play on how to respond.
- Scripts for effectively and supportively addressing conversations and situations with students in an age-appropriate and sensitive way.
- How to encourage students over 18 to talk to their parents if appropriate giving them some agency in the process so they feel more grounded in their own care.
Part III- Postvention
- The top errors most administrators make after a school suicide can put other vulnerable students at risk.
- How to support staff and students in their grief after the suicide of a teacher or student. (downloadable pdf of what to say/not to say)
- What to do and say to the parent of a deceased child. (Downloadable script template)
- What educators can say to students who accuse teachers of holding back or lying when the parent has asked that the cause of death not be disclosed? (Downloadable script template)
- Strategies to try to prevent contagion and cohort suicide.
- Memorial guidelines and creating a commemoration policy and why that’s important.
“I’ve often worried about the most effective verbiage for children in families in this raw situation. The examples on what to say and how to bridge that gap of understanding between me and families to the student was invaluable.”
—School Principal at the School Safety Forum, Hampton, Virginia
Mental Health Training for Elementary and Pre-School Educators
Early Intervention Works: Mental Health education, 0-5 yrs
Audience: Early educators and state agency employees (caseworkers)
Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours or a series. Virtual, in-person or hybrid.
It was a teacher who first told AnneMoss Rogers that her son, Charles, might be suffering from depression. And it was a teacher who wrote the most heartfelt note after her son died by suicide. There were early signs that Charles might have future struggles, yet few knew what effective intervention looked like or what to do.
Schools and pre-schools have something few other environments have and that’s an opportunity for early intervention and genuine human connection. This is the most valuable currency in today’s education community. How can we leverage those opportunities to bolster a culture of child wellness, build resilience, and give kids the tools they need to manage life going forward?
- What are the risk factors and how can preschool educators strengthen the protective factors?
- How to spot kids early who need extra support.
- Age-appropriate ways to have challenging conversations (talk bubbles or scripted role-play conversations)
- The single most important skill to teach preschoolers for emotional regulation.
- Early intervention case study that started with a pediatrician saying, “He’ll grow out of it,” and a mom who didn’t accept that answer.
- A case study of how a kindergarten educator builds emotional awareness and coping skills in her classroom.
- Games and activities plus other resources to bolster early emotional wellness.
“This was a very powerful and accessible training.”
—School Teacher, New Mexico
Schools, Colleges and Conferences Where AnneMoss Has Spoken
AnneMoss’s Mental Health Training and Certifications
- Registered safeTALK suicide prevention trainer- #n42749
- ASIST Trained: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- ASK Trained: Focused on identifying, assessing, and helping 5-12 year olds at risk for suicide find hope for life
- Youth Mental Health First Aid : 8-hour training
- Preventure: Personality-targeted life skills training for youth shown to reduce drug/alcohol use in schools
- Trauma-Informed Care Basics
- Gym Neurocognitive Training for Addiction: with Hamed Ekhtiari, M.D., Ph.D.
- Bereavement Support Group Facilitator training
- DBT Steps-A in Schools: SEL curriculum based on DBT and mindfulness
- SOP Peer Trained: Survivor Outreach Program through AFSP
- REVIVE! Training: Emergency administration of Narcan® for opioid overdose
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