Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health
October 1 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
When Ross was in school, everything on the surface seemed to be fine. He was making friends, getting good grades and had a fun social life. However, no one could have imagined how many emotions he was suppressing.
Ross was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16, was hospitalized for attempting to take his own life during his senior year of high school, and like so many other freshmen, just wanted to fit in.
He tried to hide what he was feeling to convince everyone that everything was ok, but that can only last for so long. Ross’s story resonates with the millions of students who are putting on a happy face to hide their true emotions.
Mental health challenges are the largest problems facing schools today. Twenty to twenty-five percent of students experience a mental health disorder. Outside of diagnosable disorders students are dealing with lack of sleep, stress, and substance abuse.
While 85% of schools have reported drastic increases in the number of young people seeking mental health counseling, understanding and awareness about the issue are still lacking.
During these difficult times, it is imperative for young people to express what they are going through, know that they are not alone, and feel comfortable while seeking help.
Ross teaches students about the complexities of mental health issues and empowers them to seek help or help their friends seek help. Most mental health challenges are highly treatable, but too often remain hidden in silence preventing people from achieving the recovery they are capable of.
The program focuses specifically on how individuals can achieve positive mental health by learning about their coping mechanisms. Ross uses tasteful humor and insights to help participants understand common mental health conditions and individual differences.
He also covers warning signs that individuals can look for in their friends and peers, as well as resources that can provide guidance.
7 – 7:30 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: Ross’ Presentation
CEUS: 1.0 CEU, Category 1, will be provided
This presentation is brought to you in partnership with Oaklawn and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in honor of Mentall Ilness Awareness Week.