YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 kids and teens live with a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Once these conditions can be acknowledged, the greater the impact of specialized care, treatment and support. Peer support can be of great benefit for the healing and recovery of teens dealing with mental health challenges. Check out the resources below to get your loved one involved with local peer support groups.
Youth Support Group ages 14-17
Not only does this SL County program offer a youth group, but they also offer a support group for the parents as well. This online youth support group is designated for ages 14 to 17 who are seeking support regarding issues that teens face today including (but not limited to) mental health and substance abuse issues. This is a place where youth can safely share their struggles and get ideas and strength from other peers as well as professionals currently working with youth. This is an open group for all to attend and is FREE. The group will take place via Zoom, in order to ensure safety for all during COVID-19, every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm online.
NAMI Progression Support Group and Class: Ages 13-18
Progression is a free 6-week course for teens with mental health conditions. Classes are taught through readings, interactive games, small group discussions and time for reflection. In addition, learning happens through video clips, phone apps, structured internet searches, easy art projects, journaling, music, coloring, and much more. Built into the course is plenty of time for sharing and learning from each other.