Teen Mental Health Awareness & Support Initiative

Youth Webpage Headers April 2019 MH

God, you care for your creation with great tenderness. In the midst of the greatest pain, you offer hope. Help me, my spirit seems to be lost and soul is in despair. Heal my wounds and be with those who care for me. Let me feel your pure love. Let me believe in the miracle of rebirth so that I can experiencenow a small taste of the happiness I hope to know in eternity. -Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


The latest statistics are staggering. As many as 1 in 6 teens experience mental health challenges ranging from bullying and stress to depression, anxiety, and even suicide. However, not all youth who experience mental health challenges speak up and ask for help. That's why the Christ Church Youth Ministry Team has chosen to help our youth not only normalize conversations about mental health to create an aware and supportive community, but to provide ways to find help. We are doing this through facilitated discussion, led by trained adult volunteers, and various activities and media to provide a sharper focus on the topic for the day. There is no shame in experiencing mental health issues, and we must address these challenges with knowledge, love, and faith.

Announcing the New Teen Mental Health Awareness and Support Initiative

The CCE Youth Ministry will offer ongoing discussion, training, education, and support to teens, adult leaders, and parents. We'll tackle a new topic each month and also engage in a fellowship meal together.

Our Goals:

1. Normalize and de-stigmatize conversations about mental health among our youth.

2. Establish the Christ Church youth ministry as a “safe haven” of support for our youth and their peers, many of whom are faced with mental health challenges.

The intiative will meet these goals through:

1. Education, training, and empowerment of adult volunteers who will be involved in the work of supporting the youth of CCE.

2. Regular inclusion into our existent youth ministry programming of opportunities for education, activities, and discussions revolving around mental health.

3. Parent education, communication, and support


On each Mental Health Sunday (see below) the schedule will be as follows:

Mid-High (grades 6-8) discussion group/activities: 5:00-5:45 PM

Mid-High and Sr. High (grades 9-12) meal and video: 5:50-6:35 PM

Sr. High discussion group/activities: 6:45-7:30 PM

All youth in our community are invited to attend and youth are always encouaged to bring friends. Please reach out to Adam Williams with any questions.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or the SAMSHA National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).  You are not alone.




Last Published: April 1, 2020 2:17 PM
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