Conversations for Change is a free resource for those who work with young people. It contains comprehensive facilitator’s guides to five group activities which challenge stigma and discrimination, and generate safe conversations about mental distress. The resource aims to encourage young people to reach out for support, and to include and support each other. The activities are creative, lively, and easy to implement!
We are so glad you are interested in running Conversations for Change; it’s only when people like you step forward to use it that it can have a real impact in our communities – so thank you! We’d love it if you’d tell us where and when you’ve used the material.
Then have a look at the Supporting Information and Video Summary notes. The supporting information is there for (surprise!) support, however if you are pressed for time, all of what you need to run the resource is contained in the short facilitator videos, and then by using the detailed instructions in each of the facilitator’s guides. The first two activities ‘1. Mental Illness Is’ and ‘2. Attitude Statements’ are required and should be run in order. Allow an hour for each. The other three activities are optional and can be used in any order.
Download a zip file of all printable documents in the resource.
Checklist: Is facilitating Conversations for Change for you?
1. I am interested in mental health issues and shifting stigma and discrimination ⃝
2. I have the ability to look critically at my own attitudes around mental health and am open to different perspectives ⃝
3. Where there are gaps in my understanding of mental health issues, I’m able to say I don’t know and I am then able to research using reputable sources (e.g. The Mental Health Foundation of NZ) ⃝
4. I have experience in facilitating groups and can facilitate with some confidence ⃝
5. I care about young people and want their Conversations for Change experience to be a warm and helpful one ⃝
6. I have watched the three facilitator’s videos and feel comfortable with the messages ⃝
1. I have a good awareness of resources in my community for young people experiencing difficulties ⃝
2. If I am facilitating with a group of more than 12 young people I am either very experienced as a facilitator, or I have a co-facilitator to assist me (this facilitator might be an older participant) ⃝
3. My management/board/support networks are aware that I will be facilitating Conversations for Change ⃝
4. I am comfortable that the activities I will be using are suitable for the age and maturity of my group ⃝⃝