Teen Stress Skills
Teen Mental Health
Mounting evidence creates a compelling picture of a world in which students face historically high levels of stress and mental health challenges. The National Institute of Mental Health reports:
- about 30% of girls and 20% of boys have had an anxiety disorder
- in 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
- more than 2 million teens report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function.
Why Are Teens So Vulnerable?
Adolescents face a tidal wave of new experiences. This transitional period can bring up issues of independence, questions of self-identity, and newfound social life, the exploration of sexuality, experimentation with mood-altering substances and many more new challenges.
Youths today are less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up. Youths today have never known a time when terrorism and school shootings weren’t the norm, they’ve witnessed their parents suffer a severe recession, and they are coming of age at a time when technology and social media have transformed society.
Poor sleep and lifestyle habits. Sleep deprivation is sometimes a ‘badge of honour’ proudly carried by some students. Additionally, poor lifestyle habits among college and university students are legendary (e.g. poor nutrition, excessive drinking or smoking, unsafe sexual activity). These choices shouldn’t be taken lightly because of their association with mental health problems and poor well-being.
The pressure to succeed. Many students spend a majority of their time worrying about how to add things to their resume instead of worrying about how to better themselves as individuals. The pressure to do well in the future and the looming competitiveness of an unstable job market can contribute to mental health problems.
Teen Stress Skills Program
The Resilient Living™ Teen Stress Skills Program helps youth develop skills and insights to better manage stress and anxiety. This program is not “therapy”, however participating in this group with other teens who are also struggling with stress management may be therapeutic.
While some youths can obtain appropriate care with regular individual therapy sessions, others will benefit from group activities. In structured group programs where they share and learn from peers, teens can emerge with new tools and abilities.
Three Story Clinic and Boreal Wellness Centres joined to launch a group program for teenagers struggling with managing stress and anxiety. The program combines the youth mental health expertise of Three Story Clinic and the group therapy experience of Boreal Wellness Centres.
The program is designed for teens:
- between the ages of 15 and 17
- struggling with managing stress or anxiety
- able to participate in a weekly group that meets for 1 hour and 15 minutes during one late afternoon / early evening
Schedule and Curriculum
The program consists of:
- intake interview with one of the group facilitators
- 1 hour and 15 minutes of weekly group meetings for 10 weeks (17.5 hours total)
- optional 2 x 1-hour family meetings (mid-term and at end)
If a teenager is seeing a therapist for individual counselling, they may continue to see that therapist during the program. However, we may ask that the therapist and our clinical team communicate so that each party is aware of the topics and approaches being used.
The costs associated with the Resilient Living™ Teen Stress Skills Group are:
- $200 for intake
- $1,050 for group programming
- optional family meetings available for a separate sessional fee
We offer a sliding scale, subject to availability.
About Three Story Clinic
For over five years, Three Story Clinic has been at the forefront of assisting Lower Mainland youth and their families with improving psychological health. Three Story Clinic, founded by psychiatrist Dr. Muffy Greenaway and those that work alongside her, provide evidence-based psychiatric, psychological and therapeutic treatments to Vancouver’s youth.