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TEEN TALK: Let's Talk About Mental Health Awareness

In this class, teens explore mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. They will learn mental health information and resources, warning signs, communication skills, and how to connect with appropriate adults who offer support.
Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.
264 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Class Experience

The purpose of this class is to empower teens with communication and reflective listening skills to pay attention to warning signs and refer their friends to knowledgeable, caring adults in their schools and communities (such as school counselors, mentors, pastors, etc.).  It is not the intention of this class to empower students with counseling skills nor is it the role of teens to act as interventionists.

1.  Teens will identify personal skills that equip them to face life's challenges with strength and resilience.
2.  Teens will learn how to recognize specific warning signs that may indicate a friend needs immediate support and how to refer them to a caring adult.
3.  Teens will learn reflective listening and communication skills.
4.  Teens will use the #BeThe1To action steps if a friend discusses suicide, (National Suicide Prevention LIfeline):

#BeThe1To Ask.  Ask the tough question.  When somebody you know is in emotional pain, be direct.  Ask, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”  
#BeThe1To Keep Them Safe.  Is a friend or loved one thinking about suicide?  Ask, “Do you have a plan?”  Find out if they’ve thought about how they would end their lives. 
If you can not physically intervene in someone’s attempt to hurt themselves, get help.  Call a family member.  Call 911.  Or use Emergency SOS on your iPhone or Android device to request assistance.
#BeThe1To Be There.  It is never easy to hear someone you care about describe their pain or hopelessness.  Listen with compassion without dismissing or judging their words.
#BeThe1To Help Them Connect.  Help your friend connect to a support system.  A network includes family, friends, school administrators, teachers, counselors, doctors, clergy, coaches, or therapists so they have someone to reach out to for help.
If a friend tells you they are thinking about ending their own life, be a good friend – suicide is not a secret to keep confidential.  Tell a counselor.  Tell your teacher.  Tell a pastor.  Tell an adult you trust.  Do not share confidential information on social media.  Call 1-800-273-TALK (8225) and the counselor at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline will help you #BeThe1 to save a friend’s life.

5.  Teens will discover how to access and refer friends to caring adults and local resources in their schools and communities.
6.  Teens will discover how to access suicide prevention resources, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and the Crisis Text Line,, 741741 (U.S. & Canada), 85258 (U.K.), or 086 1800 280 (Ireland).
7.  Teens will review how to practice positive self-care and set appropriate boundaries.
As a TED and school assembly speaker, seasoned educator, teen mental health advocate, and author, Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D., helps youth and adults throughout the U.S. talk about tough topics like mental illness, substance abuse, bullying, and suicide prevention.  She builds bridges of understanding through conversations about communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, and inclusion.  She has B.S., M.S., and Ed.S. degrees in education from the University of Central Missouri.  Dr. Connor received her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has a course background that includes 1000+ hours in adolescent psychology, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention.  

Julie has empowered youth and adults with skills to assist and support at-risk youth at schools, churches, and conferences throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years.  She provides training to teachers and community leaders through communication workshops and suicide prevention professional development.

Dr. Connor equips teens with communication skills, resiliency strategies, and mental health resources in interactive workshops and presentations.  As a Sources of Strength trainer, she prepares middle and high school youth to be peer leaders in their schools and communities.  She helps teens discover their unique gifts and celebrate hope.  Julie is the author of an award-winning personal goal-setting book, Dreams to Action Trailblazer's Guide.  Visit for more information.  
No homework for this class will be assigned.
Teens are encouraged to engage in conversations with parents or guardians and identity the caring adults (such as teachers, counselors, community volunteers, coaches, ministers and rabbis, mental health organization employees, etc.) at their school, churches, and within their communities with whom they may contact if a friend is in physical or emotional danger.
The "#BeThe1To Communication Steps" will be provided to teens.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Class discussion, thumbs up / thumbs down, brainstorming, question and answer, modeling and skill practice
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The focus of this class is to empower teens with positive communication skills and tools if a friend is experiencing a crisis. Silence can have devastating consequences.  It is not the role of the teen to counsel or advise; rather, this class will help teens guide friends to caring adults at their school, church, or community who are trained to offer guidance and support to teens in crisis. 
Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D., will provide a PowerPoint presentation to guide the discussion.  Information for this presentation is grounded in the following resources:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained counselors available 24 hours a day.

Crisis Text Line. Enter 741741 (U.S. & Canada), type “HOME” to speak with a trained counselor,

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
Support & Information,
Teens & Young Adults, 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (schizophrenia) 
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley (depression)
Paperweight by Meg Haston (eating disorders, anxiety)
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (OCD)
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (depression)
When We Collided by Emery Lord (bipolar disorder)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (social anxiety)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (mental illness)
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (PTSD)
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (anxiety, agoraphopia)
What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee (suicide)


Dr. Julie Connor, Ed.D.
Lives in the United States
TED & School Assembly Speaker | Teacher | Author
264 total reviews
417 completed classes

About Me

My name is Dr. Julie Connor and I help children and teens write and speak in front of others with confidence. 

Students practice conversation and public speaking skills with an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher.  They will learn writing skills to... 
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