Stevie Borne

Camp Counselor

Parent Survival Skills When Our Children (or we) Experience Mental Illness

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

AT THAT (In-Person Only) Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: TBD

mental health
survival skills

This talk is born from real experiences of parents of adolescents facing mental illness of various kinds including depression, anxiety, bipolar and more. There were times each of these parents were angry, frustrated, afraid, confused, tired and so much more. Yet they discovered how to navigate this difficult journey, all while working and taking care of other family responsibilities. This more than just 1 person’s story. It is based on the stories of numerous parents in similar situations over the past five years. During this session, parents will learn by listening and by doing. They will create a plan to keep themselves healthy. They will explore how to assess what level of help their adolescent needs. They will have opportunities to share their experiences with others, if they so choose. They will laugh. They will breathe deeply through a simple exercise they can use immediately any time, any place. Parents will leave this session with information, hope, and encouragement. If parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out how best to help their adolescent, this session will give them information, strategies, and tips to make sense of the chaos. If people are struggling with their own mental illness, this session will give them practical tips and resources to get and stay healthy. Why is this a topic for a tech conference? Because geeks face these challenges too. Our personal lives are intertwined with our work life, especially when faced with remote working and remote learning. So when our families struggle, or when we struggle with our own mental illness, it has a direct impact on our ability to thrive or simply survive at work. Even if you aren't a parent, you can find value in this session by understanding what your colleagues are experiencing when faced with this situation. To be honest, just about anyone can benefit from this talk.



Take Aways

  • • Strategies to support your adolescent at various stages in their mental illness journey
  • • Information to understand various programs and resources that address mental illness (e.g. PHP, IOP, DBT, etc.)
  • • Tips to navigate school challenges related to mental illness
  • • Simple steps to keep yourself healthy while navigating your adolescent’s mental illness
  • • Encouragement to face the most difficult situations
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