"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
  • What happens when mental health disorders are not addressed, i.e. self-medication, substance abuse.
  • Warning signs of suicide and statistics
  • Myths vs. Facts regarding suicide
  • Resources

As of early 2017, more than 60,000 students have participated in Coming Up For AIR™ presentations in New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Missouri, Arizona and Texas. At the end of every presentation, between 2% and 6% of students speak up about their struggles and get help.

Click on the link below to schedule a presentation or write to info@attitudesinreverse.org for more information.