Youth mental health over the holidays
Teens you know may need help -- help them find it!
It's no secret that many young people are struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidality--and not just from the pandemic. It's less well recognized that many are actually doing better during the pandemic, with 53% of young people feeling stronger and more resilient (primarily due to increased family time and more sleep). What's critical is to support those at highest risk: youth in families dealing with unemployment and food insecurity; LGBTQ youth; girls; multiracial; and Hispanic youth.
You can help get the word out about resources! TurningPointCT.org is hosting online drop-in events for young people over the holidays (see flyer above). The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 to all ages by texting 741741 (make sure it's in your phone and your kids'!). The Trevor Project offers phone, text, and chat support to the LGBTQ community 24/7. Check out our list of counseling and support groups specifically for youth in Norwalk here. Or share our flyer below.
Want to learn more? Visit our Mental Health page to see recent state & local data presented at our November coalition meeting as well as our infographic on mental health in Norwalk youth based on the 2018 youth survey. We'll be surveying teens again later this year--stay tuned for those results.
Want to get involved? We are The Norwalk Partnership--the newly unified coalition dedicated to preventing substance misuse in Norwalk teens and young adults by promoting mental wellness, increasing awareness, and implementing environmental strategies. We'd love to have you join us!
Learn more about us here.
Follow us on Facebook & Instagram, where we're currently doing a Holiday Countdown with a daily self-care tip every morning and a prevention tip every evening.
Be safe & well this holiday season. We're all looking forward to a brighter year ahead!
Happy holidays from your friends at The Norwalk Partnership!