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COVID-19 Mental Health Support & Resources
FOR STUDENTS & STAFF!
Decide to Stay
Keynote or Assembly
In this unforgettable presentation, Mr. Von Braun shares his brother’s story and the life-saving lessons he has learned from Oliver’s life & death. Students are empowered to be open and honest with their struggles, and are given the tools necessary to make positive change. Mr. Von Braun does not only tell an inspiring story, but teaches students practical strategies and coping mechanisms they can put to use in their daily lives. Each individual has a story playing in their mind. A story of who they are, where they are in life, and where they believe they are going. The presentation has been designed to interrupt that story, and to interject messages of resiliency, responsibility, and self-control. Every young person has potential for greatness, Mr. Von Braun’s mission is to remind them of that.
Bringing Light to the Darkness of Suicide
In this interactive presentation, Mr. Von Braun uses his life experience to educate parents on the issues that matter most...the well-being of their teens. Parents will learn how struggles with mental health issues and drug addiction can shape an individual’s mindset, and practical strategies that can be put in place to help overcome these struggles.
Mr. Von Braun discusses breaking down communication barriers, establishing an open and honest dialogue, and the warning signs to be aware of. Parents leave knowing they have the power to help their teens take control of their story and their life.
Maintaining Your Mental Health During Quarantine
*All programs can be tailored to your specific needs.
Keynote or Assembly
We are all facing unprecedented times, and the stress of isolation & constant change has had it's impact on all of us, especially our young people.
This presentation focuses on what we can all do to help support our mental health during this time, and create new healthy habits that will sustain us going forward.
Topics covered include creating a plan of action, not allowing yourself to disconnect from family/friends during quarantine, positive practices (self-awareness, gratitude, self-love), and sources of support.
Together, we will overcome this.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Mr. Von Braun is an excellent communicator who captivates his audience. [He] is kind, compassionate, intelligent and a strong person who, as a teacher himself, has a clear sense of direction and purpose. I am confident that he will bring the same support to other students as he did at Saxton."
-Manuel Sanzone Principal
Saxton Middle School