This age group represents a time when children begin understanding and questioning how the world affects them as individuals. Physical maturity increases at a faster pace than emotional and developmental milestones vary including language, cognitive, and social. The foundation has worked to design a seminar that caters to these unique learning edges and engages the students with activities and information ideal for this population, along with participation opportunities. Topics are itemized below and are based on the most common mental health needs and concerns of this age group as shown through research and the professional experiences of our team’s licensed counselors:
Each Presentation has a specific theme and includes but not limited to the following information:
– Mental Health & Wellness Youth Programs
The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of children’s mental health:
Children’s mental health matters. One in five children under the age of 13 suffers from mental illness (SAMHSA, 2015). While most individuals know the basics of keeping our children physically healthy, keeping our children mentally healthy is not always clear. A child’s mental health should be treated in the same way as their physical health, by recognizing its importance, giving it attention, and providing professional help when necessary. Promoting a child’s mental health helps them relate well with others, provides a sense of security, and fosters their growth both at home and in school. In addition, awareness and early intervention have been shown to help prevent or delay the consequences of mental illness (NAMI, 2016).
The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of mental health education and awareness in children. Our programs for this distinctive age group aim to build a child’s confidence and competence, which is the foundation of strong self-esteem. Our programs are built upon evidence-based research and the experience of licensed mental health professionals. Aspects of our 13 and under programs include small groups to increase individualized attention, tangible and age-appropriate activities, exercises used to help children identify a range of emotions and increase self-esteem, and practicing healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime.
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