Mental Health

Three Ingredients to Help Students Recover Following a Pandemic

Today’s kids were already facing mental health problems. Now they feel delayed by the pandemic, and it’s added to their anxiety levels. According to Barna research, 82 percent of Generation… Read More

Understanding Empathy and Its Importance in Youth Ministry

Hurting people often do not feel seen, they feel alone. When we pause to remember times when we ourselves were hurting, we can relate, we can empathize. Read More

Equipping Small Group Leaders and Parents to Help Teens Struggling with Depression

I've worked with teenagers and the adults who love them for over eighteen years. As a former high school counselor and group facilitator, and now as a mental health therapist and the parent of a teenager, I know this one thing to… Read More

Sit, Don’t Fix, When Responding to Student Anxiety

I don’t know about you, but I think most of us were hoping when the calendar turned to 2021, all of our problems would magically go away—including, you know, that pesky global pandemic. Months into the new year though, many of us… Read More

Don’t Let Busy Distract From What Matters

I’m going to start this blog off with an obvious statement: 2020 has been a rough year for ministry (and most other things). With so many new aspects to doing youth ministry, it’s pretty easy to get stuck focusing on the wrong… Read More