This age group represents a time when children begin understanding and questioning how the world affects them as individuals. Physical maturity increases at a faster pace than emotional and developmental milestones vary including language, cognitive, and social. The foundation has worked to design a seminar that caters to these unique learning edges and engages the students with activities and information ideal for this population, along with participation opportunities. Topics are itemized below and are based on the most common mental health needs and concerns of this age group as shown through research and the professional experiences of our team’s licensed counselors:
Each Presentation has a specific theme and includes but not limited to the following information:
The Summit is a thoroughly planned and options event hosted by the school or group of schools, and LRJ Foundation. It is a leadership summit held in a conference-style format with mental health, wellness, and leadership and relationship-building focus. Check out the Youtube video from WHD Summit 2020, click here.
Audience: 7th & 8th-grade leaders with an interest in educating their school on wellness, and students in leadership positions. Also, students are selected by teachers who feel can immensely benefit from extensive mental well-being support.
Who: Wellness and Leadership Professionals/Speakers will be facilitating the workshops and presentations (e.g., licensed therapists, academic coaches, Executive professionals, professional speakers).
Goal: To educate and empower students on user-friendly, evidence-based coping skills and strategies to manage the unique stressors our youth face, along with teaching concrete skills to improve leadership abilities.
Why: Students face high expectations and pressures today, especially in academic studies and social networks, which can lead to increased anxiety, loneliness, depression, and disconnection in social and communication skills. Mental health concerns in adolescents are up 27% since 2019, therefore proactive tools to support youth are essential.
Sponsors: Local business, student services, and state agencies for partnership on making the WHD Summit a successful learning experience for the Middle School students this year and beyond.
– Mental Health & Wellness Programs for Children
The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of children’s mental health:
Children’s mental health matters. One in five children under the age of 13 suffers from mental illness (SAMHSA, 2015). While most individuals know the basics of keeping our children physically healthy, keeping our children mentally healthy is not always clear. A child’s mental health should be treated in the same way as their physical health, by recognizing its importance, giving it attention, and providing professional help when necessary. Promoting a child’s mental health helps them relate well with others, provides a sense of security, and fosters their growth both at home and in school. In addition, awareness and early intervention have been shown to help prevent or delay the consequences of mental illness (NAMI, 2016).
The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of mental health education and awareness in children. Our programs for this distinctive age group aim to build a child’s confidence and competence, which is the foundation of strong self-esteem. Our programs are built upon evidence-based research and the experience of licensed mental health professionals. Aspects of our 13 and under programs include small groups to increase individualized attention, tangible and age-appropriate activities, exercises used to help children identify a range of emotions and increase self-esteem, and practicing healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime.
Bully Education Presentation- “Be The Change” for Middle School- High School-aged Students. More the 160,000 children a day miss school in fear of being bullied
1 out of 4 kids is bullied or abused by another youth. 1 out of 5 admits to being a bully. There are short-term and long term psychological effects of bullying. From feelings of sadness, isolating themselves, health problems to increasing depression, anxiety, and worst yet, higher rates of suicide. LRJ’s interactive Bully Education Presentation, ” Be the Change” speaks to both the “Bully” and ” The Victims”. Both are involved and both are important. Key topics discussed and demonstrated in the 35-45 minute presentation. Teacher and Parent Version are available.