Project HeadSTRONG
Mental Well-Being Programs

This program seeks to improve the mental well-being of children and families in Miami-Dade through three initiatives. The first will provide education to children, youth and adults community-wide; another will serve Kristi House child clients and their caregivers; and the third will target service providers, particularly those who work with children and youth. The program builds upon Kristi House’s history of child safety prevention education in the community and training for other providers in evidence-based practices.

For Adults:

Mindful Mondays with Kristi House:

Join Kristi House for FREE community programs to help you cope with the challenges life throws your way. Sign up now for one or more sessions. Sessions take place on Mondays, either virtually or in-person.

Download the Flyer for Mindful Mondays (PDF)

VIRTUAL:
Via Zoom
Mondays, 12 pm – 2 pm
Register for VIRTUAL

Topics Covered:

  • Anger (May 2022)
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion (July and August 2022)
  • Depression (October 2022)
  • Anxiety
  • Shame & Guilt
  • Grief

 

What You Will Learn:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms
  • Identify healthy coping strategies
  • Challenge negative thinking patterns
  • Practice grounding and mindfulness techniques
  • Identify healthy habits to enhance well-being
  • Develop assertive communication skills
  • Plan for ongoing support

A flexible curriculum using evidence-based approaches from Hazelden Publishing. Not a clinical intervention.

ANGER:
  • Section 1: Experiencing Anger
    • MAY 2
  • Section 2: Anger in Our Lives
    • MAY 9
  • Section 3: Facing Our Anger
    • MAY 16
  • Section 4: Managing Our Anger Constructively
    • MAY 23
SELF-ESTEEM & SELF-COMPASSION:
  • Section 1: Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
    • JULY 11
  • Section 2: Self-Esteem and Our Life Experience
    • JULY 18
  • Section 3: Facing Our Self-Esteem
    • JULY 25
  • Section 4: Building Blocks to a Better Self
    • AUGUST 1
DEPRESSION:
  • Section 1: What is Depression?
    • OCTOBER 3
  • Section 2: Depression in My Life
    • OCTOBER 17
  • Section 3: Facing Depression
    • OCTOBER 24
  • Section 4: Managing Depression Effectively
    • OCTOBER 31

TOPIC 1: ANGER


SESSION 1: Experiencing Anger, May 1 – Exercises illustrate ways that people may internalize anger or express it through aggressive behavior.


SESSION 2: Anger in Our Lives, May 9 – Exercises in this section help learners recognize how anger affects them physically and examine how their early life experiences influence their current expressions of anger. Specific worksheets on levels of anger and consequences help learners determine whether their feelings correspond to their actions when they’re upset and explore the impact of their anger on different areas of their lives.


SESSION 3: Facing Our Anger, May 16 – This section helps learners recognize the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Worksheets on core beliefs and distorted thinking are intended to help learners identify and challenge their destructive thought patterns. In addition, exercises address the importance of differentiating between events that can and cannot be controlled and determining when it’s best to simply accept matters as they are.


SESSION 4: Managing Our Anger Constructively, May 23 – Exercises in this section introduce techniques that learners can use to calm down and defuse tension when they find themselves feeling overwhelmed by anger. Specific worksheets focus on grounding and mindfulness in addition to effective communication strategies. A personalized plan for anger management concludes the workbook.

For Kids:

Kristi House Project HeadSTRONG presents MBF Mental Health Matters™ by Monique Burr Foundation for Children.

  • Globally, one in seven 10 – 19 year-olds experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group.
  • Depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15 -19 year-olds.

The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.

Kristi House continues to support our community’s children to stay safe and HeadSTRONG by offering an age-appropriate Mental Well-Being Program for children and teens. MBF Mental Health Matters™ is part of the comprehensive, evidence-based and trauma-informed curriculum provided by the Monique Burr Foundation, MBF Child Safety Matters

MBF Child Safety Matters, Mental Health Matters

GRADES K – 5, one 50-minute lesson

  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Choices 
  • Coping Skills 
  • Introduction to Substances and Alcohol
  • Refusal Skills 
  • Help and Resources
MBF Teen Safety Matters, Mental Health Matters:

GRADES 6 – 12, three 55-minute lessons

LESSON 1

  • Mental Illness
  • Reducing Stigma
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Coping Skills and Resilience

LESSON 2

  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • The Effects of Drugs
  • Refusal Skills
  • Help and Resources

LESSON 3

  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide
  • Help and Resources

All youth programs have an accompanying curriculum specifically for adults and parents. To learn more about mental health programming for youth and to schedule lessons at your school, please contact:

Deborah Billings, Director of Prevention Education, DBillings@kristihouse.org, 786-510-6405

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