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Mental Health 101

Mental Health Workshops

My workshops focus on the nitty gritty of getting the help you need to manage your mental health. They not only give you psychoeducation and personal and relatable stories about mental illness but also useful and tangible tips, advice and of course, a few optimistic laughs.

Mental Health 101

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“Stephanie’s ideas have changed my perspective on why mental health is stigmatized and how companies can create a healthier workplace environment, and express their authenticity and concerns without coming off as unauthentic. I have learned how we can combat mental health stigma within workplaces, particularly when it comes to the lack of understanding between different generations coexisting within an organization.”

CINDY GIANG, STUDENT

HUMBER COLLEGE

A lot of people are dealing with mental health challenges for the first time in their life.

We’ve all read the stats. We know how hard it’s been and have witnessed the toll it’s taken on our wellbeing. Mental health issues are now rampant due to the impact of covid-19. People know that they are struggling but they don’t know how to get help or they’re too scared to. People are going on leave from work. Employees aren’t using their EAP. Relationships are taking a hit. People are grieving on various levels and are feeling a bit lost. So what now? How do we learn to cope?

This workshop is about giving people the tools to get better and stay well. 

Topics covered include: 

  • What therapy is actually like
  • How to find a therapist you like and connect with
  • Cognitive distortions & psychoeducation
  • How to build a mental health support team
  • How to support your loved ones
  • How to handle workplace mental health
This speaking topic can be adapted for:
 
Workplace mental health
 

Student Mental Health

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“Stephanie is a great storyteller and a fantastic advocate for mental health. We were amazed by her candidness and honesty while sharing her struggle with mental health. She showed us the hurdles she faced in managing her own mental wellness and how she learned to cope with these challenges while progressing in her professional life. It’s comforting to know that we are not alone.”

TUAN LE, STUDENT

BACHELOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS 

HUMBER COLLEGE

“I got to learn how to overcome my mental illness, as well as how to progress professionally, despite having mental health diagnoses. I learned I was not alone in my struggle. I felt comradery.”

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT,

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY 

Students are going through some of the hardest times in their lives.

Covid-19 and all that came with it hit university and college students hard. Tackling online learning, not having a typical campus life, the vision of what the post-secondary experience would be like changed – it hasn’t been easy, at all. Students are under a tremendous amount of stress, they’re grieving, and they may be feeling burned out and a little lost. How do we guide students through this new reality?

This workshop is about shifting the mindset of students so that they feel like they can get through this challenging time and still be optimistic about their future. 

Topics covered include:

  • Why you should go to therapy (and what therapy is actually like)
  • How to find a therapist you like and connect with
  • How to use your school resources
  • Cognitive distortions & psychoeducation
  • How your career goals are tied to your mental health 
  • How to talk to your parents about mental health
This speaking topic can be adapted for:
 
High School Students 
 
University & College Students
 
 
 

Black Mental Health

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“Stephanie played an integral role in our programming by facilitating a culturally responsive mental health workshop to Black students’ (gr. 9-11), which in turn enhanced student’s leadership, agency, and advocacy skills in the area of mental health and well-being.”

FOWZIA MAHAMED

GRADUATION COACH FOR BLACK STUDENTS

TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

“During a time of social and political unrest, Stephanie’s authentic and relatable message of resiliency and overcoming was much needed by all. She was as engaging as she was poised, which made for an excellent delivery!”

MELISSA ENMORE

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

THE BACKPACK PROJECT

Being Black and struggling with your mental health can be very complicated. 

The current revelation about anti-Black racism, injustice and systemic inequality and inequity has shed a bright light on what Black people experience every day in their lives, whether it’s micro-aggressions, blatant racism or issues within the Black community. All of this undeniably impacts Black mental health.

What does it mean to be Black and struggle with your mental health? It can mean having parents who do not believe black people can have a mental illness, it means struggling to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with, it means feeling weak if you bring up your mental health to your loved ones and sometimes, it means suffering in silence.

This workshop is about the intricacies of Black mental health and what that means for the individual and the community as a whole.

Topics covered include: 

  • Stigma within the Black community
  • Intergenerational trauma on a psychological level
  • How to talk to your family about mental health
  • Cognitive distortions & psychoeducation
  • Navigating the Canadian mental health care system as a Black person

This speaking topic can be adapted for:

Black High School Students

Black University and College Students

Black Professionals & Employees 

Black Families & Groups