The Natural Supports YYC Simulation is an online interactive experience that raises awareness for the Natural Support role by building skills and confidence. This online tool helps adults learn to actively listen, validate emotions, remove stigma around mental health, and engage in supportive conversations with children and youth.
Over the course of an hour, participants will learn about the current child and youth mental health landscape and the current impacts of COVID-19 on children and youth in our communities, as well be given time to go through the simulation themselves and check in with their own ability to practice the eight skills that have been identified as necessary in supporting someone experiencing a mental health challenge.
Natural Supports YYC was developed in 2019 through The Social Impact Lab as a preventative solution to child and youth mental health concerns. By equipping Natural Supports in our community with supportive skills, we can help children and youth access supports, increase overall community well-being, and create a network of caring citizens who have the supportive skills to help, which is even more important as we experience a global pandemic.