“After the AIR presentation, I began to look into mental illnesses and I got help. So, thank you for giving the presentation, ultimately helping me to make the decision to get help and save my life.” – West Windsor-Plainsboro High School Student

The AIR™ student presentation is mental health education geared towards students, middle school through college age. It is a peer-led multi-modal presentation: PowerPoint, video, interactive discussion. It can be 45 to 60 minutes, depending upon class length, and can be offered during Physical Education, Health, Science, Studies/Humanities classes. The presentation can be delivered to individual classes, as well as a full auditorium of students. It is also available and recommended for Parent-Teacher-Student Associations and parent-only audiences.

Every student receives a wrist band with the AIR website on the outside and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline embossed on the inside. The presenters emphasize that the wristband represents the students’ availability to their peers to provide empathy, understanding and support in times of need.

Topics Covered

  • What is a mental health disorder? What is not?
  • Stereotypes about mental health disorders
  • The prevalence of mental health disorders
  • Possible warning signs
  • Possible effects of improperly-treated mental health disorders
  • One or two short stories of families affected by mental health disorders and/or suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide and statistics
  • Myths vs. Facts regarding suicide
  • Resources

By early 2016, just over 30,000 students have participated in the Coming Up For AIR™ presentation in New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

For more information and to schedule a presentation, please contact Tricia Baker at 609-945-3200 ext. 2222 or email tricia@attitudesinreverse.org.