Youth Well-being Initiatives-Building Healthy Minds
Opportunity, exploration, and rapid growth abound during adolescence and young adulthood, but transition to adulthood is also a critical time when we as parents can identify, prevent and intervene emerging mental health and substance use issues that risk becoming persistent and pressing problems. Early data indicates that Covid-19 is exacerbating challenges to youth wellness; the time to strengthen our nations, youth, and the supports on which they rely is now. There’s support out there available to assist when needed.
There are several available resources online to help those who struggle with issues of Substance Use. Questions often arise such as, “ How do we prevent our teens from getting involved with the use?”
- Know the difference in behavioral changes in your teens
- Establish healthy rules within the household
- Know the type of company and friends kept by your adolescents/teens
- Provide needed support when they are in trouble
- Keep prescription drugs locked in a safe place
- Provide a safe place and a non-judgement zone to talk with your teens
As men and women of God, we know and believe God’s Word to be true. God is indeed a healer, but sometimes we struggle to accept what happens with our children and in our homes. We wonder how can we prevent the pain and the struggles that they may face. We must know that it is important to be present, prayerful, supportive and stand on the Word of God. Always remember that our children need our support during their struggles. We believe God can heal all manner of diseases.
Psalms 103:3-5 (KJV)
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
EVERYBODY VS. STIGMA
This is interpreted as coming together to make a positive impact on discrimination against those who are otherwise different. The goal is to bring into the knowledge or awareness that no matter what we have faced as individuals in life we are all similar. We all have overcome struggles and degrees of circumstances.
It’s like looking at life through a glass ceiling.
Evangelist Sherrice Benjamin, MA, LLPC, CCTP
SAMHSA’S National Helpline: (800) 662-Help (4357)
Evangelist Sherrice Benjamin
Evangelist Sherrice Benjamin, MA is licensed in the State of Michigan as a (LLPC) Limited License Professional Counselor. Her training has prepared her for the field of counseling in several techniques and theories. Her services are focused spiritually and naturally, through the body, the healing of the spirit, mind and the broken-hearted.