Our flagship Please Live program consists of three steps to comprehensively and collaboratively bring mental health awareness into your school, church, or venue.
1. Staff Training
The first step is to train the staff members. As part of our presentation, we want students to know that it is OK to talk about what is going on in their lives. We want the venue to be considered a safe place. To do this, we must make sure that staff members are appropriately trained in how to recognize and assist a student that may be struggling.
Our primary training offering is an internationally-recognized, evidence based program called Youth Mental Health First Aid. This 8-hour certification course covers topics such as anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Staff members are taught a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. This training is provided via our partners at The Mental Wellness Awareness Association.
2. Student Education
After a core group of staff members have been trained, we tackle the students. Our 1-hour presentation teaches students about mental illnesses, the prejudice and discrimination that people with mental illnesses often experience, signs of a problem, how a mental illness can escalate into thoughts of suicide, signs of suicidal behavior, and a three-step plan on how a student can intervene and help a friend or loved one who may be hurting. This presentation is often done in coordination with existing in-school services, such as the Student Assistance Program, to increase awareness of help resources both within and outside of the school.
3. Mental/Behavioral Health Fair
Please Live is not a service agency, so we do not run a crisis line or offer therapy or counseling services. However, our presentations often result in students reaching out for assistance. This is where we bring the community in. By hosting a free mental/behavioral health fair during the school day, local service agencies are represented in a safe and welcoming environment. Students are able to interact with agencies, ask questions, and receive resources. Agencies get free marketing and sometimes even gain referrals.
We will go wherever we are invited. One of our core beliefs is that our program should be completely free, with no cost whatsoever to you. However, depending on where your venue is located, travel costs may be incurred. Generally, if a venue is within a two hour radius of Harrisburg, we will not charge for travel. Connect with us and we will be able to work with you.
As for what type of place we will go to, schools and youth groups tend to be our specialty. This can be middle school, high school, or college aged students. However, if requested, we can bend our program to just about any age group (including parents and adults) and we will use whatever venue we are invited into (a park, a firehouse, a barn, etc.)
Is Please Live a Christian Organization?
We believe in something called the Multi-Dimensional framework. This is a concept that states that as humans, we are made up of four dimensions: Biophysical (body, flesh and bones, chemicals), Psychological (mental, emotional), Social (relationships, environment) and Spiritual (faith, inspirations, dreams). We believe that all four dimensions need to be addressed to truly feel happy and healthy. When addressing the spiritual dimension, we use a Christ-centered approach that encourages open minds and healthy exploration of scripture. However this is definitely not the purpose of Please Live. Our message is for everyone, regardless of race, lifestyle, or beliefs, and we will stay within the guidelines of the venue. If you are looking for a faith-based presentation, check out our Christian branch at Please Live’s Love Life Ministries.