Archive for August, 2014


Sunday, August 17th, 2014

AS PART OF MY WORK WITH TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS I helped to form and serve as an advisor to the TeenHope program.

Laughing TeensTeenHope’s goal is to reduce the suffering and risk caused by depression, anxiety and other conditions effecting the lives of students. Through teaming up with schools and collaboration with other organizations we strive to:

  • Create a culture of awareness, sensitivity and early responsiveness
  • Educate students, parents, faculty and administrators about mental illness and the role schools can play in fostering well-being and early response to mental health concerns
  • Identify students who need mental health services through screening
  • Provide immediate access to services for those identified without regard to the ability to pay

Through robust relationships with our school partners we can respond to each schools particular needs by such services as: student support groups, consultation to school counselors, development of mental  health curriculum

TeenHope is run by the Samaritan Counseling Center and they produced a video which includes compelling messages from students and the personal story of a young woman who experienced depression as a teen: