In the wake of the latest school shootings and the renewed national dialogue around school safety and student well-being, the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation is joining the conversation to promote the importance of adolescent mental health. The foundation believes that we each need to do what we can to support the mental health of those who are in danger of inflicting violence, and those who are witnesses as well.
With this in mind for a limited time, the nonprofit — which provides training and preventative wellness materials to individuals, families, and schools — is offering a free digital download of its book “The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook,” and accompanying leaders guide written by marriage and family therapists Scott and Holly Stoner. Their hope is that this tool can help those that work with teens to foster important conversations about the challenges they face and the decisions they are making.
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“Samaritan Family Wellness wants to encourage adults and teens to more openly discuss the struggles teens have and to encourage them to reach out for help when they feel overwhelmed,” says Holly Hughes Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness co-director, and the book’s co-author.
The 114-pg. interactive workbook uses self-reflection methods to train students to assess their wellness in eight, interconnected areas and provides tools to improve stress resiliency, goal setting and problem-solving. The notebook is appropriate for use by parents, teachers, tutors, mentors, schools, youth development workers, counselors and teens in the 8th grade and above. Using the downloadable versions of the notebook and leader’s guide, users can be creative in their use of the notebook.
Nearly two in three depressed teens don’t get the help they need, according to the American Association of Pediatrics. Teen depression can lead to issues such as low self-esteem, behavioral problems at home or school, substance abuse, violence, self harm, and even suicide. Hopefully with the use of the “Teen Compass Wellness Notebook” teens who are suffering in some way can self-identify, reach out for the help they need, and work on creating a healthier and happier life.
“The Teen Compass helps create a safe space for teens to say ‘Yes’ to the journey toward greater health and wellbeing,” says Stoner. “While we believe there is power in self-awareness, using the Teen Compass process to discuss challenges in a group setting removes the mental health stigma, normalizes stresses, and creates a needed sense of community and encouragement.”
The Teen Compass curriculum has been used by local and national school districts, the Boys & Girls Club, Teens Grow Greens, and Our Next Generation Inc.