Category Archives: mental health

You Matter

We end the week as we started it, with a reminder to adults of the significant role they play in the lives of teens looking at two related posts.

Being in tune with the mental health of students can help us to provide needed support.

psychcentral.com3/22/12
A new study suggests emotional support from middle school teachers may often delay alcohol and other illicit substance use by teens. Researchers determined.

Non-related adults are important in teens lives:

news.health.com3/22/12
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) — Teachers and parents play a greater role than peers in keeping teens engaged in school, researchers have found.

While parents and school teachers are particularly singled out, and rightly so since they have the greatest contact with students, the articles recognize the importance of adults in general.

Be encouraged as a youth worker, even if you do not see the fruits immediately. You matter. Be prayerful for strength and wisdom for the journey so that your words and actions are appropriate and you understand your role in the students’ lives. Be faithful to what God has called you to do and continue to provide the Christian support that makes a difference for the glory of God.

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Healthy Living

The preteen and early teen years are critical as students adjust to the beginning of the adolescent period. This is a time when adult support is very important so that they develop healthy habits. The blogs below point this out. The first one shows the connection between healthy habits and happiness. The second one looks… Continue Reading