Josh Rivedal

Josh Rivedal uses the art of storytelling to talk about the important topics of mental health, suicide prevention, and diversity & inclusion.

Topics

▪Diversity ▪First Year Experience ▪LGBTQ+ Issues
▪Mental Health ▪Social Justice ▪Suicide Prevention

Keynotes

▪How to Live Mentally Well and Crush it in College
▪How Storytelling is College Suicide Prevention 2.0
▪College Diversity in White Spaces
▪Building a Foundation for Your Mental Health
▪More Than a Foundation: Developing a Toolkit for College Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

 

Josh Rivedal uses the art of storytelling to talk about the important topics of mental health, suicide prevention, and diversity & inclusion.
Josh is no stranger to the struggles of battling mental illness.

After losing both his father and grandfather to suicide, Josh realized he was following the same pattern. From his depression, up to the time he contemplated suicide, Josh knew it was time to get help.

After experiencing the effects of mental illness, he’s ready to help student audiences overcome the stigma of mental health issues by becoming more supportive to those who are fighting their own battles.

Josh’s Bio

Joshua Rivedal is the creator and founder of Changing Minds: A Mental Health Based Curriculum and The i’Mpossible Project. He has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health, diversity, anti-bullying, and storytelling across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. He currently serves on the advisory board of Docz, a startup peer-to-peer mental health app. He wrote and developed the one-man play, Kicking My Blue Genes in The Butt (KMBB), which has toured extensively throughout the world. His memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, based on KMBB, is on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s recommended reading list.

His second book, The i’Mpossible Project: Volume 1—Reengaging with Life, Creating a New You, debuted #1 in its category on Amazon in January 2016. A second volume of The i’Mpossible Project—Changing Minds, Breaking Stigma, Achieving the Impossible is set for release in November 2017. He is trained in human capital management with an emphasis in coaching from NYU and is also trained in QPR, ASIST, and the teacher’s edition of emotional intelligence at Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, children, and lots of small animals.

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“Recently, one of my close friends opened up to me and admitted he was contemplating suicide. He’s talking with the counselors at the college, and he’s over the hump now. Anyway, he came to see your presentation, and it really spoke to him (this was before I knew). He told me that he talked to you a little after the show and that you even picked up on something that might be wrong. I wanted to let you know that I’m grateful for the work you do, and the message you send.”

Anon

Confederation College, ONT, Canada

“You presented the topic in such a unique way, and the information was so important for students to learn. They all left with the tools they need to help a friend or help themselves should they ever find themselves in a dark place.”

H. C.

Furman University

“Your keynote was absolutely unbelievable and exactly what this campus needed. It was the perfect mixture of comedic relief with a serious tone that made the talk innovative and unforgettable.”

L. P.

Student Government, Wake Forest University

Keynotes

How to Live Mentally Well and Crush it in College

In this 60 minute keynote, author and college mental health specialist, Josh Rivedal talks about his college days in a format that’s visceral and creates an emotional connection between students and the powerful message that it’s okay to talk about mental health and that it’s possible to live mentally well in college and beyond. Students will learn about what mental health is and is not, coping skills, how to reframe failure, and how to help oneself or a friend if in a mental health breakdown or suicidal crisis. Students will also be given a Mental Health First Aid Kit™ and will receive local and national resources for student mental health.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • about what mental health is and is not,
  • the importance of addressing one’s mental health while in college,
  • potential stressors and triggers for a mental health breakdown,
  • how to help themselves or a friend if having a mental health breakdown,
  • coping skills, and
  • campus, local, and national resources for help with mental health and mental illness
How Storytelling is College Suicide Prevention 2.0

In this 60-minute keynote, author Josh Rivedal gives an emotional retelling of his tempestuous childhood, an escape to New York City to become an actor, his father’s and grandfather’s suicides, his own suicidal crisis while in college and how he got help and lives mentally well and suicide-free. Josh will also discuss the art and science of storytelling, and how storytelling reduces stigma, and promotes positive mental health and prevents suicide. The session will end with a question and answer period between Josh and the audience.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to help themselves or a friend if in crisis or thinking about suicide,
  • the signs and symptoms of suicide,
  • how and where to get professional help if in suicidal crisis,
  • campus, local, and national resources of help if in crisis,
  • the art and science of storytelling,
  • the importance of telling one’s story, and
  • how storytelling reduces stigma around asking for and receiving help.
College Diversity in White Spaces

This keynote is based on the storytelling in Volume 1 of The i’Mpossible Project: Reengaging with Life, Creating a New You, the #1 release on Amazon in its category in January 2016. Included in this entertaining keynote/program are several stories from The i’Mpossible Project: Volume 1 and the original song, sung and played live: “I’m Just a Straight White Guy Singing About Diversity.” This program aims to support students through diversity education—in order to help students improve both academic and social engagement, to promote inclusion, and to create an environment where everyone matters and feels empowered to shape their landscape.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the definition of diversity and inclusion,
  • the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond,
  • about services that highlight and support students who identify as LGBTQI+, international, multicultural, and/or disabled or differently abled,
  • the difference between and the importance of empathy and tolerance, and
  • how to identify and actualize practices that promote social justice and equity.
Building a Foundation for Your Mental Health

As a college student, trying to navigate academics, relationships, a career path, and being away from home can be difficult—but it can also be taxing on your mental health. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 college students live with a mental illness but only 1 in 3 are receiving any help, all because of stigma and a lack of proper education. In this keynote, Josh sets the stage for the very basics of mental health. He’ll share a little of his comedic and poignant story about living with depression and overcoming big obstacles in life. He’ll also talk about how to build the very basic foundations of positive mental health. Josh will also provide resources for mental health, mental illness, and suicide prevention.

Josh takes a difficult subject and breaks it down in an engaging manner, to help students build a foundation for long-term, sustainable, positive mental health. This keynote is introspective, funny, inclusive, and interactive; and is perfect for a general mental health week or month, a leadership workshop, peer education training, diversity, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Josh also does a version of this program for professional staff training.

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • he differences between mental health and mental illness, 
  • what mental health is and is not, 
  • how we can decrease stigma around mental health, 
  • basic coping skills, and
  • how paying attention to our mental health can improve and shape our lives.
More Than a Foundation: Developing a Toolkit for College Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This workshop session is designed to build on the fundamentals learned in “Building a Foundation for Your Mental Health.” Josh will give a brief review of the basics of mental health and go into further depth so students, leaders, and faculty can create their very own toolkit for positive mental health and to prevent suicide on campus and beyond.

“More Than a Foundation…” combines lecture, storytelling, humor, group discussion, and improv theater to enhance the emotional development of students, leaders, and faculty by providing hope, help, and life-saving skills. This workshop is perfect for a general mental health week or month, a leadership workshop, peer education training, diversity, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Josh also does a version of this program for professional staff training.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the definition and examples of mental illnesses and situational mental health crises,
  • tools and tips to manage a mental illness and/or a situational health crises,
  • how to help or support a friend, peer, or loved one with a mental illnesses;
  • how to develop healthy coping skills,
  • how to eliminate unhealthy coping skills,
  • how to cultivate healthy self-talk and self-coaching,
  • the importance of support systems and who and what can be included in a support system,
  • what suicide is and what causes suicidal thinking and attempts,
  • the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking,
  • how and where to get help for oneself or a friend in suicidal crisis, and
  • how to intervene if a friend is in suicidal crisis.

*A version of “More Than a Foundation…” is available as a curriculum with in-depth materials available so students or faculty can teach this programming throughout the school year