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Our professional mental health speakers can provide customizable presentations and workshops through video platforms such as Zoom, or serve as panels or guest speakers for a variety of audiences including high schools, universities, faculty/staff meetings, workplaces, leadership teams, and other types of organizations who wish to connect with their communities from a distance.
Active Minds online events discuss personal stories, recovery, self-care, and resources for staying mentally well during COVID-19. The presentations are designed to engage communities in powerful conversations about mental health through interactive polls, Q&A, panels, breakout rooms, and more.
Keynotes, panels, small group workshops, and guest speakers in online classrooms or lectures are available upon request.
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Dr. Kristen Lee
Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19
Evidence-based strategies to protect well-being during and beyond crisis
The rapid progression of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption and fear across the world. Coping with the realities of a pandemic, all while trying to tend to professional and personal responsibilities, can ignite anxiety and a sense of overwhelm. Leaders and employees of today are faced with unprecedented challenges. Resilience is a process of positive adoption within the face of hardship. As humans, we are wired for it-capable of navigating complexity, remaining agile, and demonstrating optimism. Modern brain science offers a host of strategies for cultivating resilience by leveraging “protective factors”-adopting and practicing mindsets, behaviors and activities that serve as buffers and help bolster our well-being.
This virtual session will help you come together in community with your colleagues and consider ways to apply behavioral science solutions to cultivate resilience during this time of uncertainty and upheaval.
Each session will be tailored to organizational needs and help senior leaders influence a culture of resilience during this pandemic to foster individual and organizational resilience for all.
Learn to relieve stress, practice self-care, and harness resources for individual and collective well-being. We will discuss ways to cope with the crisis at hand, and develop habits that promote optimal health and sustainability for the long run.
All of Dr. Kris’ online offerings can be tailored for a variety of audiences, C-suite leaders, teams, students, educators, and more.
PostSecret and the Pandemic: Struggles, Successes & Strategies
Frank is the sole founder of the PostSecret Project, a growing collection of over a million artful secrets, mailed anonymously to him on postcards. Known as ‘the most trusted stranger in America’, Frank’s all new interactive online presentation reveals our true feelings about how the pandemic has disrupted our lives, while providing evidence-based tools to aid young people as they navigate through this challenging, but temporary crisis.
Community building, reducing stigma, and asking for help are all discussed in response to the rise in anxiety, loneliness, depression and grief.
67% of young people talk with a friend about mental illness before a parent, teacher or professional. One objective of this presentation is to give students the confidence and knowledge to know how to respond when a friend trusts them first with their secret.
In addition to sharing the most extraordinary secrets and inspiring PostSecret stories, participants will also learn from new pandemic related postcards that Frank has received from young people and the feelings and experiences they have been confiding on PostSecret social media.
Frank’s online program is 30 minutes with a 30 minute interactive Q&A. All attendees will receive a follow-up packet that includes discussion questions, mental health best practices, and resources.
Learn more about Frank and PostSecret here.
Coping and Combating Stigma During COVID-19
Abraham encourages and equips students and young adults with the tools and education necessary to build a sense of belonging while engaging in the conversation surrounding mental health, especially during a time of physical distancing. Through vulnerability, Abraham will share his own mental health story and will address the common myths of mental illness, the negative effects of stigma, ways to effectively combat stigma, and self-care tips for finding our new normal during this unprecedented time.
Communicating in Quarantine
Tips to Encourage Mental Wellness in Close Quarters
All over the country, families, communities, schools, and workplaces are facing feelings of isolation and challenges with communicating with others as a result of widespread campus and workplace closures; individuals balancing multiple responsibilities in a shared space with each other and other family members or roommates; colleagues, students, faculty, and administrators continuing their work through online formats; and members of the community working to support their most vulnerable neighbors while practicing physical distancing. This webinar shares easy, practical ways we can start supporting each other better right now through active listening.
Dr. Colleen Coffey
Maintaining Emotional Health While Engaging in Compassionate Leadership
Dr. Colleen Coffey, EdD, Active Minds Speaker, Phired Up Business Development and Education Consultant, and parent, leads thoughtful conversations about maintaining emotional health while continuing to build a culture of caring among campuses, student groups, workplaces, and organizations by engaging in intentional communication and compassionate leadership. Colleen encourages audiences to reframe how we can continue to interact with one another and build a strong sense of community even through physical distancing. She also discusses how we can approach the transition back to our new “normal” post-COVID-19 while considering the many life-changing moments we have all experienced as a collective. She shares the message with audiences that although we are all physically apart now, we are all in this together.
Building Cultures of Resilience and Mental Wellness
Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, is available to speak on webinars and customized online events on topics related to leading in the aftermath of trauma, reducing stigma, encouraging help-seeking, and changing the conversation about mental health. Alison mobilizes communities to take action and build cultures of mental wellness and resilience. You can view Alison’s full biography and story here. Also, be sure to check out her recent blog post on living through discomfort and chaos – what she’s learned over 20 years since losing her brother, Brian.
Alison’s online offerings can be tailored for a variety of audiences including young adults, students, faculty/educators, leadership teams,
workplaces, and other
Adapting to the New Normal: Mental Wellness Through Transition
In this talk, Active Minds Speaker and Author, Greg Vogt explores how we can navigate the many challenging transitions we are all facing through the pandemic by focusing on our mental wellness. From battling depression and suicidal ideation as a teenager, to graduating from college and becoming a published author, Greg shares a message of resilience, perseverance, and overcoming adversity, all of which he is applying to his new day to day norm, sheltered in place in the face of a pandemic. Attendees will leave with the understanding that it’s OK to not be OK right now, all of our experiences and reactions to the pandemic are valid and real, and whatever you are feeling, you are not alone. Greg wants you to know that prioritizing your mental health during this unprecedented transition is possible and help is available.
Self-Care and Recovery Amidst a Global Pandemic
Singer-songwriter, poet, hospital chaplain, and recording artist Meg Hutchinson discusses her journey with Bipolar I Disorder over the past 23 years, from fear and shame to acceptance and health. Strong emphasis is placed on recovery as a daily practice and the unique challenges facing healthcare workers during the pandemic. Meg shares what she has learned about self-care and resiliency as a palliative care chaplain in a large Boston hospital. This presentation narrates Meg’s acceptance of the need to take medication and how meditation, yoga, creativity, and lifestyle changes help her manage illness and heal from trauma. She talks about navigating complex family issues, building a positive support network, and the value of restoring inner balance through physical, mental, and spiritual rest.
Add on: Pack Up Your Sorrows Film Screening and Q&A
The documentary, Pack Up Your Sorrows, is a story of illness, hope, and transformation told through the lens of singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson. In this film, she interviews leading minds on issues of mental wellness such as Kay Redfield Jamison and Scott Stossel, and explores alternative therapies with such luminaries as Lama Migmar Tseten, Harvard Buddhist Chaplain & Director of The Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies. Singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson weaves together a story of Bipolar Disorder, hope and transformation, illuminated by her music and stunning images of the natural world, to guide us through this unique and moving meditation on achieving wellness. The film screening is concluded with a customizable 30-60 minute Q&A webinar with Meg.
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Mental Health at Oregon State University in the Time of COVID-19