In our society, people of all ages feel stigmatized because of a mental health issue. This shame and discomfort can be equally as applicable to young people facing other normal developmental challenges. Stigma may also result in not seeking treatment and it affects a lot of young people: it is estimated that 13 –20 percent of children ages 8 – 18 living in the United States — up to 1 out of 5 — experience a mental disorder in a given year and many more are at risk. Since only about half of these youth who need services receive appropriate help from mental health professionals, there is a great need for others to step in and help. Mentoring can be an effective intervention for children and youth facing mental health disorders, as long as it is done right.
Think this population doesn’t apply to your mentoring program? Join us to learn more about what mental health disorders can look like in young people and how you might be overlooking crucial signs, as well as ways to support mentors whose mentees may be facing some of these issues. In our conversation, we will feature experts and practitioners in the field of mental health and mentoring, including Jennifer Kriebl, National Director of the YMCA Reach & Rise program. We will be discussing best practice examples, research, and resources to tackle the stigma associated with mentoring youth who have mental health needs. Bring your questions and concerns!