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Teen Resources

Welcome to the Stay Well program's Teens page! We are committed to helping teenagers and young adults maintain mental wellness as they deal with life changes due to the pandemic. Discover feel-better tips in our videos and brochures; find peer support in our Teen Talk group; and learn coping skills by joining a Stay Well workshop.

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Four in 10 teenagers report they feel “persistently sad or hopeless,” according to a recent CDC survey. Our workshop series for teens can help young people struggling with these kinds of feelings.

The online workshops are geared toward helping teens understand the causes and consequences of emotions. Participants will learn how to turn off self-judgement, manage relationships better and regulate their ups and downs—with the goal of finding more meaning and purpose in life.

To participate, all you need is an internet connection to Zoom, paper and pencil and an open mind. All sessions are free. Click here to register.

Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. — Give yourself permission to feel

Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. — Emotional Intelligence vs. Emotional Judging

Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. — Practical Coping

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. — Moving Forward

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When COVID hit, you and other teens/young adults had to quickly adjust to changes you couldn’t control. You may still be adjusting – and wondering when you’ll feel calm and positive again.

“Notes to self” is a series of online workshops designed to help you maintain mental wellness. Using the practice of affirmations, you’ll learn how to detect what you’re feeling in the moment and respond to your own needs; how to create and communicate clear boundaries; and how to build a self-support plan to feel your best and accomplish your goals.  Presenter Chardae Korhonen is a licensed clinical social worker and a Youth and Family Outreach Specialist for the Michigan’s Stay Well program.

Register here.

Download the workbook here.

Dates and topics:

Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. - Mental Wellness

Jan. 23 at 7:15 p.m. - Emotional Regulation

Jan. 30 at 7:15 p.m. - Boundary Setting

Feb. 6 at 7:15 p.m. - Self-Care & Goal Setting

Feb 13 at 7:15 p.m. - Celebration & Discussion

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Young teenagers face all kinds of changes in their daily lives, from shifting hormones to pressure from school, peers, and social media. COVID-19 brought even more changes, along with losses of loved ones and familiar routines.

We invite all kids aged 13 to 17 to join us for this Saturday afternoon workshop series. Clinical mental health counselor Zeinab Moussa will guide you in learning new ways to cope with the “new reality” of your lives, even as the pandemic lingers.

Register here.

Download the workbook here.

Dates and topics:

Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. - Understanding thoughts and feelings

Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. - Cognitive Triangle” - how thoughts trigger our emotions

Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. - How to cope with, and communicate, uncomfortable feelings

Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. - Putting it all together for self-care and support

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many teenagers watched their friends struggle with mental health challenges. This webinar is for teens who want to know how to help their struggling friends, and also how to improve their own mental wellness. Watch the recording here

Online Discussion Group

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What can you do to slow down a racing mind… calm feelings of panic... or stop a barrage of negative thoughts?

Try taking a pause – and bringing yourself into the present moment.

T.A.P. (Take a Pause) is a collection of brief videos demonstrating mindfulness exercises you can do whenever you need to restore calm and focus.

Click on the title of the video to watch it:

Series Introduction

Guided Meditation

Body Scan

Mindful Eating

Grounding Exercise

"Cultivating Joy"

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Want ideas for feeling more positive? Check out our animated video series about moving beyond struggles and rediscovering joy.