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This PAGE provides a safe platform for teens to connect with their peer groups to share in a free and safe manner the challenges, issues, and concerns they face. It enables through the critical dialogue teens to express in an uninhibited way about their mental wellness, family issues, career plans, study challenges, self-care and self-development, and coping issues.
This PAGETM offers a convenient and safe place for you to connect, share stories, and encouragement. Positive social support is a critical component for you to develop and grow into a healthy adult.
Many teens find that in addition to the support and services they receive from qualified mental wellness professionals, they wish that they could talk to a peer who has had similar experiences.
When asked who is best able to support them emotionally, teens often identify their peers, who can share their experiences.
Being part of this page, teens could offer each other;
- Acceptance – For many teenagers, there has been at least one occasion where they have felt blamed or held responsible for actions which are an outcome of their increased anxiety and vulnerability at that age. It is often only other teens who are living with the same emotional or mental challenges that can truly make them feel that they are not alone.
- Sense of belonging – For many teens, find it difficult to share their experiences with their parents, teachers, or elders as either they don’t have time enough to talk or they just don’t seem to relate. That is probably the reason why they look for support from others outside of their circle and in their peer group as they see that others get it. They develop a sense of belonging that they may not have experienced before with their parents, teachers or elders.
- Understanding – Many teens may not get the kind of support and understanding from family and friends. This can sometimes come from other people’s lack of understanding of the situation or their fear of what they are seeing happening to themselves in their family or immediate environment. Teens in peer support often get a sense of relief because they don’t have to explain why they are behaving the way they are or why, as a teen why they are not acting responsibly. The other teens just ‘get it.’
- Family support – For many teens, keeping their relationships with their parents, teachers, and caretakers strong is a real challenge given the strain and stress that comes with having to deal with social, emotional, mental wellness, and academic problems. Teens often have no place to talk about these issues or to hear that others are experiencing the same challenges. Peer support groups can provide a space to share these experiences
- Time for self – With parental anxiety and concern putting immense pressure on teens, for many facing multiple challenges, right from the striking changes taking place in their body as well as brain, to a sudden feeling of vulnerability, or the pressure of school and grades to less empathetic teachers – Teens get very little time to process their emotions. They simply may not have the ways to handle this intense emotional upheaval they experience in their teenage years. Over a long period of time, these can lead to an increased sense of anxiety, depression, and other mental wellness problems for teens. A peer support group can help teens gain perspective and provide them with timely help and support.
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Sree is a Peak Performance Coach and Bibliotherapist. As the Founder, of The Critical Dialogue, he brings in more than 30 years, in helping people optimize, realize, and reach their human potential. As a bibliotherapist, he uses the powerful modality of storytelling to help people transform into more self-confident, self-reliant, self-aware individuals. Sree helps students to become aware of their natural learning styles and ways to capitalize and put their energies into activities that yield not just better results but provide them with the greatest joy. He has designed and developed several psychometric assessments to help teens learn about themselves, plan their careers and make choices that guarantee success. More information: https://thecriticaldialogue.com
Nageen has over 20 years of experience in working with the global corporate sector in key positions of global business development, brand management, DEI, and women leadership development. Nyn as Nageen is fondly known is a reputed leader both in the non-profits and corporate sector who delivers engaging training sessions, articles, and talks on critical topics of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Emotional Intelligence, Business beyond Boundaries and challenges of women leaders at the workplace. Nyn has helped thousands of women build a life of success, influence, and positive impact, both within and outside of the USA. Further information: https://nynsdreams.com
Torrey is a multidimensional leader with 11+ years of combined Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) and Human Resources (HR) experience in manufacturing environments, higher education, K-12, federal governments, and coaching/mentoring professionals and students. His latest consulting work resulted in $480K savings in medical and prescription spend for an employer wellbeing program and leading his employer to the best-in-class employer wellbeing program for the state of South Carolina in 2020. Further information: www.linkedin.com/in/torreyddavis
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