Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan. This keynote reveals how one teacher saw beneath Allan’s mask, and changed his entire life through a simple process.
Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives students to engage in destructive behaviors. He identifies key signs and reveals methods of intervention. Through an interactive quiz and examples of impactful classroom activities, teachers will be better equipped to deal with the countless challenges that our students face.
As educators we can’t force our students to change, but we can create the space where change is possible. Allan’s powerful message is a strong reminder that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.
Potential Learner Outcomes:
- Recognize key signs and symptoms of substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide
- Discover what drives individuals to engage in destructive behaviours
- Understand a non-invasive approach to address students who are in distress
- Create a healthy classroom environment where students feel comfortable asking for the assistance they need