What are Jack Talks? Good question!
They're mental health presentations delivered by young people to young people.
These FAQ cover some basic questions about the talk. And this video talks a bit about the content.
The talk is designed for young people aged 15-24. Each talk is delivered by two trained youth speakers aged 18-24 so that there is an authentic peer-to-peer connection between the speakers and the audience.
The speakers share their own mental health story in accordance with our Safe Storytelling guidelines which ensure that audiences receive the story in a way that is non-triggering and positive. They also educate audiences about the basics of mental health, including the dual spectrum of mental health on which we all - without exception - exist. Speakers share lessons on how to recognize signs of struggle in themselves and their peers, and how to be there for those who might be struggling. Most importantly, the talk covers how to connect with resources, so that audiences have actionable next steps they can undertake.
Due to COVID-19, Jack.org has suspended all in-person talks until further notice. You can now book a Virtual Jack Talk.
Fill out the form below to get started with your Jack Talk! Don’t worry if you’re not sure which type of Talk is right for you - a Program Coordinator will reach out in the next couple of days to set up a call and walk you through the rest of the process and answer any questions you might have.