Want to learn more about mental health? Perhaps self-care has been an area of focus lately, and you’re not fully sure exactly what that means or how it fits into mental health. What about mental illness, how is that different than mental health? In recent years, the topic of mental health has not only become more mainstream but has also worked its way into our daily conversations, leaving many of us searching for more information from potentially unreputable resources. We invite teens and adults to join us to discuss these topics in a safe and guided environment, providing a unique opportunity to share both teen and adult/caregiver perspectives on how to be mutually supportive.
This FREE virtual four-week series will follow lessons from the Your Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health curriculum. Topics covered will be areas such as the definition of mental health, its reach and impact, as well as more specific topics such as anxiety and depression. Using games, interactive media, and small group discussion, participants will follow along using their Your Thoughts Matter workbook, where they’ll learn and track their own thoughts and experiences throughout the series. The curriculum is specifically tailored to guide discussions for anyone interested in learning the importance of overall self-care as it pertains to mental health, as well as steps they can take within their various communities to promote both awareness and action!
In this session we will define what mental health and other terms are, learn national and statewide statistics, and understand the impact of mental health on ourselves and those around us.
In this session we will look at three mental health disorders and understand the differences between them, signs, symptoms, and risk factors.
In this session we will learn how society has developed a stigma around mental health and the phrases that should and shouldn't be said surrounding mental health.
In this session we will find ways to help ourselves and others and what resources are available for teens and adults.
What: Your Thoughts Matter Series
Where: Virtual Series (Zoom link will be provided to registrants)
When: January 30, February 6, 13, 20 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Who: Anyone ages 13 years or older
Adults and Caregivers are encouraged to register.
You do not need to be a 4-H Member to register.
Kasey Griffin (she/her), UNH ‘23, a senior at University of New Hampshire, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) with a concentration in Family Support and minor in Child Life. Currently, Kasey is the 4-H UNH Extension academic year intern through the HDFS department. Kasey is also a teaching assistant in the Preschool 2 classroom at the UNH Child Study and Development Center and a Child Life Specialist Volunteer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus in Worcester, Massachusetts. Kasey will be co-facilitating the series and will provide activities and useful information based upon the content within the Your Thoughts Matter curriculum: Navigating Mental Health. Kasey is passionate about mental health and wants to provide information and help as many people as she can within this realm.
Kristin Eberl (she/her), M.Ed., is a Field Specialist at University of New Hampshire Extension, focusing on Youth Behavioral Health and Wellness.