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- A two-hour, weekly workshop series on Mental Health and Wellness
- Part 1 or 2: 5 workshops for $200
- Part 1 and 2: 10 workshops for $350 (participants receive certificate of completion and digital Mental Wellness Workbook)
- 5 weeks from Tuesday, September 22 to October 20
- One-week break
- 5 weeks from Tuesday, November 3 to December 1
Sheryl Boswell is an educator who has taught elementary, secondary, postsecondary and adult education students in Canada and Africa. She is the director of Youth Mental Health Canada and a child and youth mental health expert. Sheryl is also a suicide loss survivor. She believes that youth mental health education is a critical force for change and that we all have a responsibility to support the lives, health and education of young people with needs-based accommodations that demonstrate our commitment to young people.
This workshop series is applicable to anyone wanting to learn more about youth mental health issues, challenges, accommodations and supports, including youth, families, educators, healthcare and mental health professionals.
Presentation, video, and group discussions.
It provides a comprehensive, informed, practical approach based on international best practices and research and evidence and strength-based practices by an educator with lived and learned experience of mental health challenges.
This workshop series will provide you with the following:
- Tools you can use that will make a dramatic difference in supporting yourself and others with mental health challenges
- Holistic, multidimensional approaches to mental health and wellness
- Approaches that go beyond just superficial band-aid mental health and wellness approaches
- An in-depth, comprehensive understanding of living with youth mental health challenges and disabilities
- An understanding of the reality of attitudinal, systemic and structural challenges in mental health
- The empowerment to advocate for greater access to societal systems
- The tools, resources, strategies, information and skills to advocate for and access mental health supports, services and accommodations and create a world living in for all people
- The recognition that healthy functioning with a mental health disability is possible
- A headset. You might think they look a little strange, but besides an internet connection, there is no more important factor in any conference than audio quality. When you start speaking, the last thing you want to hear is your own voice talking back to you. If you can’t get your hands on a headset, at least use a pair of headphones to eliminate that dreaded echo. Your fellow participants will thank you.
- A webcam (optional). It isn’t much of a video call if your fellow participants can’t see you! Quality webcams are inexpensive and can be purchased at almost any electronics store or online. Most laptops come with them. Webcams almost always have a microphone embedded.
- A reliable Internet connection. Your network connection is everything. Wired connections are preferred, but strong wireless connections are fine too—just maybe not the public WiFi at your local coffee shop. Recommended speeds for a group video call are 3 mbps upload, 3 mbps download.
- A good computer.This one is pretty obvious. Everything you see in a video conference is put together through a process called video rendering which takes a lot of processing power. While you don’t need the absolute latest and greatest hardware, in the era of HD video your old laptop from 2005 just won’t cut it. Minimum computer requirements are a 2Ghz dual core processor and 4Gb of RAM
- Find a quiet place. Remember that microphones can pick up an awful lot! That corner seat at the coffee shop might seem quiet to you, but the whole meeting might be listening to every chair squeak.
- Mute your microphone when you’re not speaking. If you’re engaged in the conversation, you’ll want to keep that microphone on so you can speak comfortably, but if you’re not speaking for extended periods, eliminate the chance of audio echo by remembering to mute!
- No windows! It might be a beautiful day outside, but in this case it’s better to tell than to show. Sitting in front of a window sends your camera’s backlight compensation into overdrive as it battles the sun to capture an image. The sun always wins and you’ll end up looking like a shadow. Remember it’s fine sit by the window, just don’t point your camera there!
- Test first! Before you start the meeting, go into the settings menu and make sure you test out your microphone and can see yourself on the video tab!