Helping Your Teen Find Purpose During the Pandemic

Helping your teen find their meaning and sense of purpose in the world can have positive mental health outcomes. Suzie Button, senior clinical director of High School Programming, explains how. “The pandemic disrupted so many of the existing, organic structures for channeling adolescent passions…but there are steps that you, as a caregiver, can take to guide your young person and support them in their identity development.” For more information about how to protect your teen’s mental health, check out JED High School—a program dedicated to helping school districts and high schools evaluate and strengthen their programming and systems related to suicide prevention, mental health, and substance misuse prevention.

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