Submitted by Providence Swedish
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked or stigmatized. As a result, many teenagers struggle with mental health issues without getting the help they need. It’s essential to access mental health resources as a teenager because it can significantly impact your current and future mental health.
In any life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1. Need to talk? Providence has created a Providence Work2BeWell information site with phone, text, and website services to help serve youths, teens, and adults in crisis. Phone numbers include:
- Youthline: 877.968.8491
- TeenLine: 310.855.4673
- Suicide & crisis lifeline: 988
The site also has links to helpful organizations and resources for a variety of mental health concerns.
Addressing Teen Mental Health
Providence has teamed up with teen voices from across the country and Dr. Robin Henderson to create a Talk2BeWell podcast that focuses on key mental health topics. From conversations on social justice and mental health activism to navigating digital learning or supporting mental health during the holidays, the podcast explores topics that build meaningful dialogue and student activation around mental health.
Find it on Spotify HERE. A link to podcast episodes, crises help resources and opportunities to become involved can be found on the Providence Talk2BeWell podcast website. The Talk2BeWell podcast features 108, 25- to 30-minute episodes. Recent subjects include:
- What’s SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Does your family stress you out
- School anxiety vs. social anxiety
- Skincare is self-care
- Sleep disorders
- Overcoming uncomfortable relationships
Talk2BeWell is part of Providence’s Work2BeWell initiative, which provides:
- Resources for adults
- State-be-state mental health resources
- BiYOC curriculum
- Anxiety curriculum
- Opportunities for clubs and schools to get involved
- And more!
One of the most significant challenges teenagers face is dealing with stress. The pressure to fit in, excel academically, and navigate complicated social dynamics can be overwhelming. Mental health resources for teens can help alleviate this stress and provide tools to manage anxiety and depression. These resources also offer guidance on how to build positive coping mechanisms, set healthy boundaries, and cultivate supportive relationships.
One of the topics explored on Work2BeWell is stress. There are many mental health resources available for teenagers and adults alike.
There is a specific module on stress, to help students learn what stress is, how it develops, types of stress, and be connected with resources and suggestions for what to do when feeling stressed. Another module focuses on anxiety to help students learn what anxiety is, the signs of anxiety, how to move from anxious thinking to realistic thinking, and be connected with resources and suggestions for what to do when feeling anxious.
Other topics on the Work2BeWell curriculum include:
Accessing mental health resources as a teenager is crucial for maintaining good mental health and setting the foundation for a healthy future. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out for help.