Teen Stress at an All-Time High

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teen stress is at an all-time high. Dr. Pam Wright from The Life Change Group provide statistics and ways to help teens deal with stress more effectively

Teen Stress is at an All-Time High

Gen Z teens today are 30% more stressed out than millennials were at the same age. According a recent Gallup poll, "Gen Z members note 'thriving' at a 41% rate compared to a 60% rate from millennials. APA CEO, Arthur Evans thinks today's teens may just be more tuned into their mental health. That may be a part of it, but stats from a Zogby poll last year indicate that youth face a lot more stressors too.

The PYD (Positive Youth Development) framework illustrates that to achieve the vision of healthy, productive and engaged youth, kids must better use their assets, contribution, agency and enabling environments

  • 54% are “aware of someone who has been bullied because of their race, sexual orientation, or income level”
  • 58% “personally know someone who has considered self-harm or suicide
  • 40% of Gen Z students said they worried a lot or some about gun violence at their school

Even parents are seeing the spike. A RethinkFirst survey noted three-quarters of polled parents observed one or more of these emotions in their child during the last school year." This rate is more than double what was previously reported. Whatever the reason, teens are escalating their problems and letting it be known that stress and anxiety, and overall mental health, is a big concern. So what can be done?

There are several existing models - the 5A's and 5C's are good places to start from a broad level, but many psychologists and therapists gravitate towards variations of the PYD (Positive Youth Development) framework. Here's how it works:

  • Assets - help kids build stronger interpersonal skills (get them off their phones)
  • Contribution - encourage play and interaction with other teens
  • Enabling Environment - actively listen to your teen and create bonding opportunities
  • Agency - encourage them and give them a chance to use their voice (figuratively and literally)

We were all teens once. It's a confusing, chaotic and just a weird time of everyone's life. It can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be over-whelming and there are actions that we as friends, parents, teachers and community leaders can take to make a difference.

Life After Diagnosis Coping Group

Life After Diagnosis breast cancer support group at The Life Change Group

Life After Diagnosis Coping Group

Life after diagnosis is a reality. But it doesn't soften the words "you have cancer" - they can hit harder than you can possibly imagine. For patients they are as real and scary as you can imagine. Time seems to stop as you try and process what this means. For friends and family those carry a different but still difficult burden. It's still the same question - what will this mean. But there is life after diagnosis and we want to be a part of your journey.

At The Life Change Group in Peachtree City, we are starting a support group focused on Life After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. This will be an eight-week group starting on Tuesday, January 16 and running once a week (on Tuesdays) through March 5, 2024.

Key Details

  • Group Guide: Dr. Danyella Greene (Psychologist, Ph.D.)
  • When: Tuesdays from 4-5pm ET
  • Dates: COMING SOON
  • Location: 302 Stevens Entry, Peachtree City, GA 30269
  • Contact: 770-486-4887 (ask for Dr. Greene)

Our Guide

Danyella will also be our guide on this journey as we tackle the common fears post-diagnosis, discuss the prospect of altered femininity, and the seismic shift in life’s trajectory. In the safety of the private group's shared experiences, we will find that we are not alone in our journeys.

What to Expect

The atmosphere for these sessions is non-judgmental, fostering trust and vulnerability. Bonds formed in previous support groups have often proven to be some of the strongest. The support group will typically transcend its role as a coping mechanism; it usually becomes a lifeline, connecting women with an unspoken understanding that only those who have faced similar battles can comprehend.

We hope that you can join us at Life After Diagnosis for Breast Cancer survivors at The Life Change Group with Dr. Danyella Greene.