Mental Health Speaker for Schools – Keith Deltano

Mental Health Speaker for Schools – Keith Deltano

Keith’s positive mental health assembly, “Break Out of the Box,” addresses depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and other self-harming behaviors.  Keith has OCD and bi polar disorder.  He  learned to manage his mental health challenges and was able to be a paratrooper, award winning classroom teacher, parent coach, academic competition team coach, internationally touring educational comedian, video curriculum creator, and most importantly: husband and father. 

Keith Offers Teens Hope and a Model to Follow: Ask for Help, Build a Team, Learn Coping Skills.

“I have been in the mental health field for twenty-eight years in a variety of different roles.  I have worked with several teams of psychologists, therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists and have NEVER EVER witnessed a mental health speaker diffuse the stigma that surrounds asking for help with the hope that you did.” – Keith Trott, Director, TBI/Mental Health Unit, CT Valley Hospital

Keith’s Presentation is a Serious Comedy Show That Acts Like a Net: It Pulls Out Hurting Kids

Cutting, anorexia, bulimia, anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide have reached epidemic proportions in our middle and high school populations. The isolation and loss of structure the pandemic caused has resulted in a dramatic increase in teen depression and anxiety as well as other mental health challenges. We need to do something about this.

Having Hope and Getting Help

Keith is not a doctor or licensed therapist. He is not a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.  He has spent over three decades working on the front lines with at risk young people and is very good at teaching simple coping skills and prompting teens dealing with a mental illness to ask for help.  Keith does not provide therapy during his presentations: he provides hope and prompts students to ask for help – which often gets them to therapy.

Hope   Help   Cope

Keith gives the students hope, encourages them to get help if they feel they may need it, and teaches them some simple coping strategies.  He does not provide care above what he is qualified to do, he simply advises students to do the things that every psychiatrist or therapist encourages struggling teens to do: get enough sleep, have a regular wake up time, establish a schedule, don’t compare yourself to others, cutdown or eliminate social media, surround yourself with a support group, identify and avoid triggers, build resilience, don’t be alone when depressed/anxious or tempted to self-harm, and adjust goals if “stuck.”

He Will Say the Same Things a School Counselor Would Say – He Just Says it Different.

Hope For Your Students All Year Long!

Each school that uses Keith for a virtual mental health presentation will receive a one year subscription to Keith’s video streaming website,  www.CharacterVideo.org. This site will allow teachers and administrators to stream positive uplifting video lessons at the classroom level or even school wide for one year.  Think Netflix for your school.


Why Use Mental Health Speakers?

A mental health speaker that has worked with students on mental health related topics for years may be able to reach teens in a more relatable and impactful way. They have focused specifically on breaking through teen angst to implement change regarding these unique issues.

Will Keith’s Virtual Mental Health Assembly Hold Their Attention?

Mental Health Speaker for Middle School and High School and Your Demographics

Keith can customize his presentation to the middle and high school level.  He can also adapt to a specific topic you would like to address by communicating with you before the presentations.  He has performed in every state except Hawaii and can adjust to different cultures and demographics. 

Keith Can Include an Anti Cyber Bullying Component

Because of the documented connection between cyberbullying and self-harming behaviors, Keith can include an anti cyberbullying message within his positive mental health presentations.


"Thank you for presenting to Bankbridge Regional School and speaking with our middle school and high school students.  Our students have both behavioral and mental health issues and can be a difficult group to work with.  The students loved and were inspired by your presentation, but most of all, appreciated your openness and honesty about the strategies you use to deal with your own mental illness” 

Kenneth Kirkland 
CADC. CMHS, Mental Health Specialist 
Bankbridge  Regional School 
Sewell, NJ

 

“I would highly recommend Keith; I felt that as a parent I was very fortunate to have my 16 – year old hear this message.”

Tom Tracy 
Superintendent, Kensal Schools 
Kensal, NC

 

“Keith made me feel good about being different.”

Brian – Eighth Grade Student 
John Adams Middle School 
Corona, CA

 

“I was astounded by the attentiveness of our usually restless alternative school students. Your ability to combine humor while providing hope to those dealing with a mental health condition is incomparable and priceless.”

Martha Ann Oldham, Ph.D. 
Licensed School Psychologist 
Johnson County Schools

 

“You were a big hit with the students and staff.  Your message was awesome and the video curriculum you provided will keep the positive momentum going!”

Chantel Black 
Village Site Administrator 
Eek, Alaska

  

HS paper article on bullying Assembly

Keith can adjust his virtual assemblies to fit the needs of high school, middle school, and elementary school students.

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Keith’s anti bullying assemblies, teacher workshops, parent workshops, and curriculum work well with the following programs:

StopBullying.Gov: A national overview of government information on bullying, cyber bullying, and bullying prevention programs.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: An international anti bullying curriculum.

PBISPositive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.  A behavior modification program.

www.stompoutbullying.org: Makes the tolerance message cool with “blue shirt day” and celebrity sponsors.

www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org: First person teen accounts and solutions.

www.nobully.org: School level program that stresses empathy and intervention.