When They’re Not Ok: Resources for Youth Pastors and Parents

Below is the outline provided during a recent presentation I gave on ways parents and youth ministers can support their teens’ mental health.
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  • Pray
    Col. 1:9-10; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6-7; Rom. 8:26-27; Col. 4:2
  • Be informed – know symptoms to watch
  • Build relationships
    Proverbs 17:17, 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  • Build a pro-mental health environment
  • Provide for physical needs to make it easier to work through psychological needs
    Genesis 1:27; James 3:9
  • Provide opportunities for healthy autonomy development
  • Model self care and positive approaches to mental health
    Mark 1:35, 6:31-32; I Kings 19
  • Talk about mental health and mental illness in positive, appropriate ways
  • Teach and build emotional intelligence and management skills
  • Teach, model, and respect healthy, appropriate boundaries
  • If they come to talk to you…
  • Actively listen
  • Accept their emotions without anger, criticism, or fear
  • Ask what they need from you
  • Be willing to ask about suicide and other hard topics
  • Be honest about privacy limitations
  • Partner with healthy adults in their lives and resources they may need, and know when to use those resources.

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