We are continuing the series on “Am I Happy?” in youth and I was talking with one of my students after. She was telling me how in the schools they have groups for quitting smoking (which I’ve facilitated), drugs, alcohol, bullying and plenty of other things like that. What they don’t have is a group for students who are suffering from depression.
I know the schools offer services for this but I also know the counselors are overwhelmed and unable to help most of the students that need someone. As I was talking with this young lady I began to see the need for something that doesn’t exist in our community. I don’t know exactly how to make this happen but we will be having some kind of class or group or whatever in the next couple of weeks for depressed teens. I don’t want this to be some kind of group therapy though. We will need some sort of curriculum to teach them how to deal with stress, frustration, anger, and everything else that is related to depression.
I am just now starting to research this but I want to make it happen soon. Anyone have any ideas?