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What Mental Health Means

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Yona explains that having a disability puts you at great risk for getting the help needed to deal with any mental health issues, particularly in a society that focuses more heavily on physical health issues where mental health issues are oven overlooked and ignored.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

What A Psychiatrist Does

Presenter: Amanda Sawyer

About This Video:

Amanda Sawyer explains the role of a psychiatrist in diagnosing a person with a mental illness which includes: looking at the various issues someone is having in their life, figuring out why they might be having these difficulties, explaining why these issues are occurring, and then coming up with a treatment plan to help alleviate these issues.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Victimization and Mental Health

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans tells a story that illustrates the fact that people with disabilities have a higher risk of being victimized by others because of their feeling of wanting to be included by others.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Understand and Express Emotions

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Yona explains how modeling expressions and emotions in your own life can help the people you support find ways to express how they are feeling better.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Reducing Medication

Presenter: Amanda Sawyer

About This Video:

Amanda Sawyer explains that in order to support someone’s mental health better we need to look at what medications an individual is on and evaluate whether or not medications are necessary before adding more medications.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Tracking and Reporting Your Observations

Presenter: Amanda Sawyer

About This Video:

As a psychiatrist, Amanda Sawyer explains that the more documentation and information a support worker can provide, the better she is at properly diagnosing and caring for the person being supported.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Three Mental Health Risks

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans explains that the feelings of being ignored, isolated and not given adequate privacy are three mental health risks that are often overlooked and need to be recognized for greater mental health support.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Thoughts on Medication

Presenter: Amanda Sawyer

About This Video:

Amanda Sawyer reminds us all that it is important to remember that medications need to be chosen with care and with purpose.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Risk Factors

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Yona explains that one of the major health concerns of the people we support is stress and their ability to cope with this stress. Helping the people we support to have a greater amount of choices and knowing what to choose when feeling stressed is an important way to give support.

Subjects Covered:

  • Choice and Control
  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Respecting Mental Health Treatment

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans explains that is it is equally important to follow through with one’s mental health treatment as it is for their physical health treatment, which is not always the case.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 1 minute

Recognition of Struggles

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Yona explains that when we understand why people are struggling, we can change how we respond to them. It is easy to react to behaviors but being able to recognize why someone is acting a particular way changes how we support them and help them to move forward.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Poor Communication With Doctor

Presenter: Amanda Sawyer

About This Video:

Amanda Sawyer explains that it is important for a support worker to not try to diagnose the person they support’s mental health on their own. There needs to be thorough documentation and assessment completed before anyone is given a proper diagnosis.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Mislabeling Behavior

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans tells a story that reminds us that the people we support can have mental illness the same as the typical population and we need to recognize that they may express it or experience it in different ways and it is our job to make sure to understand that so we don’t mislabel them.

Subjects Covered:

Length: 1 minute

Mental Health Treatment

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans describes the advantages and successes experienced when the people supported and support workers come together and engaged in various group therapies.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Mental Health Needs

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans describes the importance of understanding how people’s past affects them on a daily basis so we can support them in a way that they feel safe and secure.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Looking Beyond Behavior

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans explains how it is important to look beyond a person’s behavior and carefully consider the triggers that might be causing the behavior to more accurately diagnosis mental health issues.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Home Safe Place

Presenter: Heather Hermans

About This Video:

Heather Hermans explains how when support workers enter other people’s homes and environments, it is important that they leave their personal feelings and issues aside so that the people they support feel they are in a place where there is trust and can feel safe.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 1 minute

Help - PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Utilizing the acronym “HELP” to examine why someone is feeling poorly, Yona explains that after reviewing one’s health, experiences, and life events, it’s important to see if a PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER, could be contributing to their mental health difficulties.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes

Help - LIFE EVENTS

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Utilizing the acronym “HELP” to examine why someone is feeling poorly, Yona explains that it is important to consider how one’s LIFE EVENTS, such as abuse, bullying, loss and grief, could be contributing to their mental health difficulties.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 3 minutes

Help - ENVIRONMENT

Presenter: Yona Lunsky

About This Video:

Utilizing the acronym “HELP” to examine why someone is feeling poorly, Yona explains that it is important to consider how one’s ENVIRONMENT, such as outside influences, could be contributing to their mental health difficulties.

Subjects Covered:

  • Mental Health

Length: 2 minutes



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