Since 2012, LRJ Foundation has provided educational programming to over 38,400 individuals, most being school-age youth, throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania & Georgia. Each of these sessions has been provided at no to low cost to the organization thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors.
The programs provide educators and students the information they need to spot warning signs, engage in preventative measures, learn life skills to manage feelings and emotions, create better relationships and connections, and offer solutions and resources.
The LRJ Foundation works with administrators in advance to review their current suicide prevention policies and incorporate specific information into each districts presentations. The program is age-appropriate and fully customizable based on the school’s unique needs and student body population.
This point in an adolescent’s life typically marks the time of transition from childhood to adulthood and can be a challenge for all involved! While it is important to encourage our students to explore the world around them and allow for more responsibility and privileges, it is also crucial to offer a supportive environment with all the resources available to promote healthy physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Our program for grades 9-12 is designed to offer those resources and the education that will broaden a student’s awareness and knowledge of mental health and available coping skills. Below is a list of the topics our high school seminar includes, which is 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:
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 engage 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:
– 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 are 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.
Healthy behaviors influence happiness and develop social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies for elementary school-age children.
Having open discussion with students on how to manage emotions, reduce stress, be a good friend, hurtful words, and increase empathy and kindness. In addition, if there is a particular issue or concern that your school has experienced, that needs to be part of our presentation, we can tailor it to your individual needs.
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 spectrum of emotions and increase self-esteem. Practicing healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime of good mental health.
The 35 – 40 minute LIVE interactive presentation is best held in a smaller group setting, with less then 100 students per session. The students that have been a part of our presentations enter singing and smiling as our intro music is playing, they are attentive and engaged throughout, and leave with giving hugs to the presenters as they open up about their feelings and leave with some pretty fun giveaways!!
First, teachers will learn user-friendly and concrete ways to identify mental health concerns and suicide risk factors. Second, we will guide teachers through a clear map of how to help students thinking of suicide or self-harm. Lastly, teachers will learn effective coping skills for mental health concerns and ways to better connect with struggling students.
Teachers and support staff have a deep caring and concern for their students, yet there are times when they feel unprepared or not qualified to deal with some of the issues that their students present to them, in relation to mental health symptoms, life stressors, family circumstances, or other issues such as eating disorders or cutting behaviors.
Our licensed counselors cover a variety of topics, through various modalities. The topics we discuss include:
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.
The LRJ Foundation’s interactive “Wellness Matters” presentation provides psycho-education on mental health and wellness, common mental illnesses, and coping mechanisms to improve mental health. LRJ’s presentation is two folded:
First, LRJ wants to educate parents on the key components of:
Second, teach parents how to:
By the end, parents will be better able to understand and support their child’s emotional well-being. All of LRJ’s presenters are mental health professionals who are equipped to help parents and children!
To host a Parents University at your school, church, or in your community, please contact LRJ Foundation for more information.
LRJ Foundation works with leadership within each organization to tailor presentations to specific needs.
We conduct our trainings through lecture, open discussion and participation, group activities, and case studies. Although the focus is on how to help and support students, we also focus on how to take care of yourself both in and out of the classroom in order to maintain overall mental health and wellness.
In addition, with the assistance of administrators, LRJ Foundation can work to develop a policy that addresses the needs of the most at- risk students, how to identify them, and how to offer them the support they need.
*Suicide prevention training credits via Pennsylvania state Law ACT 71, requiring all teachers to have 4 hours of suicide prevention training every 5 years. LRJ’s program model fulfills the guidelines requested by the Department of Education. Local Education Agencies, LEA’s, (School districts, charter schools, and intermediate units) can choose an outside organization to supply the LEA with continuing education credits via on-site teacher in-services.* Please check with your residing state for their suicide prevention legislation requirements for LRJ program to best assist you CEC requirements.
LRJ Foundation is proud to have worked with the following school districts and organizations: