UMatter’s Teen Mental Health Program Continues Online

The stay-at-home order was issued during the spring session, so participants of the Teen Talks have been unable to meet in person.

Teen Talks, a UMatter program, is still available during the quarantine through Zoom, a video conferencing software. This program was designed to give teens a safe environment for an open conversation about mental health, suicide, hope and more.

Last fall, the program met weekly at Friendship Circle during a four-week session. Participants were split into two groups, each facilitated by a member of the UMatter teen board with a list of discussion questions surrounding one theme. Some previous topics were stress, positive thinking and “one thing I wish my parents knew.” The groups also included a Friendship Circle staff member and mental health professional. Participants stayed in the same groups from week to week to feel more familiar with one another.

“People who have come repeatedly get really comfortable,” said Amanda Smith, a Friendship Circle staff member involved with the Teen Talks. “They share a ton. People are definitely open to sharing. It makes them feel like…

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